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February 23 - March 8, 2014

Looking for some Lenten inspiration? Check your email, phone

During Lent, various publishers offer daily meditation books for those looking for inspiration. Don’t have time to follow a book? Or did you forget to order your books in time for the start of Lent? No problem, sign up for one — or all — of these seasonal emails and have your inspiration delivered right to your in box.

Kolbe House

Kolbe House, the archdiocese’s prison ministry, is offering its eighth annual Lenten email retreat that begins on March 8.

Every Monday during Lent participants receive an email that contains a short personal essay and scriptural reflection. These reflections are written by the staff at the Precious Blood Reconciliation Center, Kolbe House chaplains at the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center, the mother of a person who is incarcerated, a young adult who lives in the Back of the Yards neighborhood and a prison inmate.

To participate, email Email addresses will not be shared. You can also participate by visiting

Word on Fire

Father Robert Barron and his Word on Fire ministry are offering their own Lenten reflections by email.

Barron leads the reflections that will also include videos and giveaways.

To sign up, visit

Read the Gospels

While not an email program, the archdiocese’s Department for Biblical Formation has teamed up with app creators Futuresoft to offer a Lenten program that helps users read all four Gospels in 40 days.

Users download the free Truth and Life Bible app, locate the Play List and select “Four Gospels During Lent.” The program requires about 15 minutes each day.

For information, visit or email