Move beyond the typical “giving something up” and take a fresh look at Lent. Marcellino D’Ambrosio offers forty ideas, activities, and devotions designed to strengthen your spiritual life and help Catholics get the most out of Lent. Each idea is accompanied by a short reflection expanding its deeper spiritual meaning and a challenge to help you incorporate that idea in practical ways. Some of the forty ways are: • Get up earlier and spend your first fifteen minutes of the day thanking God for the gift of life and offering your day to him • Find a biography of a saint you like and read it during Lent • Pray each day for the intentions and health of the Holy Father • While driving, turn off the radio and use your time to listen to a Catholic radio program or CD • Spend thirty minutes in Eucharistic Adoration during the day
Marcellino D’Ambrosio is a world-renowned commentator on religious issues. With a Ph.D. in theology (under Avery Cardinal Dulles), nine years of university teaching, and hundreds of published articles, Marcellino has a wealth of knowledge and knows how to make it accessible for a wide variety of audiences. As "Dr. Italy," D'Ambrosio has a popular website, Facebook page, and Twitter feed and appears weekly on a variety of Catholic TV and radio networks. He is the coauthor of the million-copy bestseller The Guide to the Passion. He and his wife have five children. He is the author of When the Church Was Young: Voices of the Early Fathers.