"During the days of Lent let each one receive a book from the library, and read it through to the end" (Rule of St. Benedict CH. XLVIII)
The monks of the order of St. Benedict have long required spiritual reading by all of their members during Lent. Spiritual reading helps us turn to the Lord and become deeper in our prayer life. In the words of St. Thomas Aquinas, "Union with God consists in knowing God perfectly. For the better one is known, the more perfectly one is loved."
Back in 2007 I wrote the short post Book Recommendations for Lent and I would encourage you to look at the video on that post.
But it's important to note that you do not have to spend money to read a good book for Lent. If you are reading this post now, Lent is nearly half over. But fear not! There is still plenty of time to read a truly uplifting and spiritual enriching book this Lent.
Please spend a few minutes today and browse these websites:
- Catholic Treasury: Many long-time spiritual classics all available freely online for reading.
- Free Traditional Catholic Books: Some wonderful and truly Catholic books to read. All free.
As for me, to hold me accountable, I will say that I am reading Sister Saint-Pierre and the Work of Reparation and if anyone is interested, it is an easy read and very enriching.