Pre-Lenten Stock-Up Time

Don’t leave it too late to provide for your family, the meditational books that will help you all put in the best Lent ever!

True Restoration Press has launched a range of books specifically designed for this purpose. All of them are Catholic classics, Imprimatured before 1950. You will find them listed under the “Lent and the Passion and Death of Our Lord” section.

If you want something quick and easy to kick-start each day in the right direction, how about Thoughts on the Passion – for Each Day in Lent?

For something somewhat more substantial, you could include later in your day some lessons from The School of Jesus Crucified: 31 meditations on the Passion written in 1866 by an Italian Passionist Father, with the beautifully-appropriate religious-name of, Father Ignatius of the Side of Jesus.

Perhaps Father Pierre Marie’s meditations first appearing in 1642, slightly revised by the spiritual master, Father Jean Nicholas Grou, for publication under the title Jesus Crucified, with Imprimatur in 1917, would suit; with its extra sections making it useful all year, and in various stages of life.

Following the recommendations of the saints, choose for your teacher, The Crucifix– Pious Meditations with seven chapters: The Body of the Crucifix, The Arms and Hands of the Crucifix, The Head of the Crucifix, The Face of the Crucifix, The Wounded Side, The Crucifix and Its Lesson of Silence and The Crucifix and Death.

A series of sermons on the Seven Last Words of Christ is presented in The Three Hours’ Agony of Our Lord Jesus Christ, by Rev. Peter Guilday, originally published in 1917, providing in-depth reflections for the entirety of Lent.  Additionally, a very brief overview of Our Lord’s Seven Last Words is given in the tenth chapter of Msgr. Robert Hugh Benson’s Paradoxes of Catholicism– which is available for free online.

Also free for Annual Members, and for a minimal purchase-price for non-members, are some transcripts of profoundly-instructive and deeply-moving talks on the Passion of Our Lord; including Bishop Sanborn's meditations on the Passion and the Last Supper and the Benedictine Father Bernard's talk which was presented in the series, "The Spiritual Life."

We mustn’t forget to help our children put in a good Lent, too. The Stations of the Cross booklet, designed especially for them, The Stations of the Cross for Children, is most affordable and useful all year round.

All of us here at True Restoration wish you, in advance, a blessed and efficacious Lent!


Theresa is Director of True Restoration Press and hostess of the Restoration Radio series, “The Catholic Home.” She is a cradle Catholic, homeschooling mother residing in Australia.