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The Catholic Playbook: Lenten Reflections For Catholic Singles

Lenten Reflections For Singles

by Christina Ries
Foreward by Bishop Rhoades


If you’re tired of walking through the desert of single life alone, this book is for you! Join otherplaybook_lent single Catholics and journey through your most meaningful Lent ever. With 40 meditations written by and for single Catholics, you’ll walk together every step of the way, from Ash Wednesday to Holy Saturday.

This book includes an insightful foreword by Bishop Kevin Rhoades, 40 beautiful prayers by Fr. Gary Caster and an inspiring epilogue by the USCCB’s Theresa Notare. With honesty, humor and hope, these singles examine the trials and rewards of single life, all folded into the Lenten season. Their stories will alternately comfort and challenge you – whether you’re yearning for marriage, discerning religious life or committing to single life. Prepare for a life-changing Lent!

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“Like the psalms, the reflections in this book are written from the heart and express the full range of human emotions: longing and loneliness, repentance and purification, periods of intense suffering and moments of deep joy. They bear poignant witness to the fact that whatever is in our hearts can be offered to Christ as part of our complete gift of self to Him.”

– Bishop Kevin Rhoades, bishop of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Ind.

“Every year when Lent rolls around, I get overwhelmed with options for spiritual reading. This year I won’t have that problem, and neither will you. Lent is an ideal time for single Catholics to focus on growing closer to Christ, and this collection of meditations focused on our single state of life is an ideal way to do that!”

– Mary Beth Bonacci, author and speaker

“These reflections by single Catholics are an ample reminder that the paschal mystery is about learning to pray, fast and give – even when what we most want seems to be taken or delayed. There is spiritual insight and good humor in these pages to nourish all who want to live more readily in the Lord.”

– Father Peter Laird, Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia for the Archdiocese of Saint Paul & Minneapolis, Minn.