"Journey to Mercy" and make this Lent your best ever

Emerge from Holy Week having been nourished by God’s Word and more in love with Christ. Journey to Mercy can provide you with a most efficacious way of journeying through Lent to Easter and on to the glorious Feast of Divine Mercy!

By Kimberly Bruce

Why not make this your best Lent ever? To do that, maybe it’s time to try something new that will deepen your faith and be a catalyst for growth in holiness. 

Personally, my most memorable and transformative Lents have been the ones in which I have spent time each day reading holy material as part of my Lenten practice. Through readings such as these, I have been able to see Christ’s humanity and, likewise, His divinity in more profound ways. I have deepened my love for the Church and Holy Mother Mary and grown in knowledge and appreciation of His holy Apostles. 

Daily devotional 
This Lent, Marian Press presents a new devotional booklet, Journey to Mercy. This differs from other Lenten devotionals. It begins on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 22, and takes one through Lent, Holy Week, and Easter Sunday but continues through the Octave of Easter to Divine Mercy Sunday, April 16. Each daily one-page entry cites the Mass readings for the day along with corresponding references from St. Faustina’s Diary. A meditation for the day follows, based upon the Scripture readings. 

Keep Journey to Mercy by your bedside and read it the moment you wake up in the morn¬ing. Or choose to read the day’s reflection just before bed. If you attend daily Mass — an excellent practice during Lent! — spend a few minutes reading it before Mass begins. It will dovetail perfectly with the Mass, helping you to see the Scriptures in a new way.

Keep a copy of St. Faustina’s Diary handy, too, so you can read the referenced passages for an even deeper daily walk with Christ. Whichever way you choose to read Journey to Mercy, you will find yourself immersed in the day’s Gospel narrative. 

Journey to Mercy offers additional prayer material at the end of the booklet to enhance your Lenten experience. Both the Chaplet of Divine Mercy and the Novena to Divine Mercy are included. There is a handy Examination of Conscience to read before bed each night or to utilize before the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Also provided is St. Faustina’s Way of the Cross for additional meditative reading. 

Three Pillars 
It is important as well to participate in the three pillars of Lent: prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. These are the practices recommended to us by the Church. 

As Christians, we should engage daily in prayer with our Lord. During Lent, however, many choose to add some additional prayers such as attending daily Mass, and praying the Rosary and the Divine Mercy Chaplet. 

Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fasting and abstinence for all in good health ages 18-59, while all Fridays are days of abstinence from meat for all those in good health ages 14 and above. 

Fasting from some things we love, and offering these up in prayer, benefits ourselves and/or others. Whether it is fasting from food, social media, television, alcoholic beverages, or anything else we find hard to place on the “altar of sacrifice,” we grow stronger in our commitment and obedience to God through self-denial. 

We are also reminded to remember those less fortunate than us, particularly during Lent, by the giving of alms or by donating our time to charitable causes. This reminds us of our Lord’s Passion and His total gift of Self for the forgiveness of our sins. 

This Lent, I invite you to not only engage in prayer, fasting, and almsgiving, but to add some holy reading to your routine. Emerge from Holy Week having been nourished by God’s Word and more in love with Christ. Journey to Mercy can provide you with a most efficacious way of journeying through Lent to Easter and on to the glorious Feast of Divine Mercy!


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