Reading Recommendations for Lent


Lenten Reading Recommended by Fr. Mitchell, Former Associate Priest


John Henry Newman: Prayers, Verses, and Devotions (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2000). This volume contains some of Newman's most intimate devotional writings and his own translation of the devotions of Bishop Lancelot Andrewes. Makes for good spiritual reading at any time of year but especially during Lent.

Becoming Human, by Jean Vanier (Toronto: Anansi, 1998). The book contains the five talks Vanier gave for the 1998 Massey Lectures, which aired on CBC's programme Ideas. It is a profound exploration of the human spirit and is a helpful tool for those wishing to engage is some serious spiritual reflection during Lent.

Death on a Friday Afternoon: Meditations of The Last Words of Jesus From the Cross, by Richard John Neuhaus (New York: Basic Books, 2000). From the Preface: "Good Friday is not just one day of the year. It is a day relived in every day of the world, and of our lives in the world."