This timely new addition to the Bringing Lent Home series focuses on the life and wisdom of recently canonized St. John Paul II. Designed by Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle for families with young children, it offers a variety of prayers and practices for each day of Lent.
This family guide to prayer and Lenten devotion is the perfect way to deepen a family’s observance of Lent while also learning about St. John Paul II, beloved pope for more than thirty-five years (1978 –2005) and one of the Church’s newest saints. Structured around a daily quotation from St. John Paul II, a story about his life, and practical suggestions for living the threefold call of Lent—prayer, fasting, and almsgiving—Bringing Lent Home with St. John Paul II: Prayers, Reflections, and Activities for Families takes the worry and the work out of planning the family’s Lent and can be used with any of the three Catholic lectionary cycles. Parents can enhance their own daily prayer by using the booklet’s reflections for parents. On Sundays, families focus on the themes assigned to that Sunday of Lent, and Cooper O’Boyle suggests a project for the week ahead.
Features & Benefits
- Together, the previous two books in this series, Bringing Lent Home with Mother Teresa and Bringing Lent Home with St. Thérèse of Lisieux, have sold more than 15,000 copies.
- The author created and hosts a regularly broadcasted segment on EWTN calledEveryday Blessings for Catholic Moms. She has also been interviewed on EWTN TV and featured on Relevant Radio.
- The heroic life and prolific writing of St. John Paul II provide a wealth of inspiring stories and lessons suitable for families during the season of Lent.
Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle
Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle is an award-winning author and journalist, speaker, reviewer, and the EWTN television host of Everyday Blessings for Catholic Moms, which she created. A Catholic wife and mother of five, Cooper O’Boyle was noted as one of the Top Ten Most Fascinating Catholics in 2009 by Faith & Family Live. She enjoyed a decade-long friendship with Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta and became a Lay Missionary of Charity. For many years her spiritual director was Servant of God John A. Hardon, S.J., who also served as one of Mother Teresa’s spiritual directors.
Cooper O’Boyle was invited by the Holy See in 2008 to participate in an international congress for women at the Vatican to mark the twentieth anniversary of the apostolic letter Mulieris Dignitatem (On the Dignity and Vocation of Women). She received apostolic blessings from Blessed Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI on her books and work and a special blessing from Pope John Paul II for her work with Blessed Mother Teresa. Cooper O’Boyle is the author of several books on faith and family, including Bringing Lent Home with Mother Teresa, Mother Teresa and Me, Embracing Motherhood, and The Domestic Church. She has been featured by Zenit news and Rome Reports, and is a frequent guest on EWTN’s Bookmark, Faith & Culture, and Vatican Insider.
This little book packs a powerful, inspirational punch, uniting the wisdom of our beloved Papa and the practicality of a mom in the trenches. Be not afraid of Lent!
- Karen Edmisten, Author of Deathbed Conversions: Finding Faith at the Finish Line
Bringing Lent Home with St. John Paul II is an easy, inspiring read that brings John Paul the Great once again into our hearts and homes. Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle has done the work for us, so all we have to do now is gather the family together, listen, reflect, pray and grow in closeness to the Lord and each other.
- Joan Lewis, EWTN Rome Bureau Chief
As we set our sights on journeying ever closer to Jesus Chris in the Lenten season, Bringing Lent Home with St. John Paul II by Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle will be a true gift for your entire family. Packed with teachings from this great saint, stories from his life, and prompts to guide your own fasting, almsgiving and prayer, this book will be a beautiful companion for your family, drawing you close both to the glory of the Easter resurrection and to one another.
- Lisa M. Hendey, Founder of CatholicMom.com and Author of The Grace of Yes
Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle once again offers Catholic families a beautiful gift! Bringing Lent Home with St. John Paul II is an outstanding resource to help families enjoy an enriching Lenten journey.
- Randy Hain, Author of The Journey to Heaven
For busy families, and all families are busy, Lent can become just one thing on an endless to-do list. Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle understands. She knows that families need to grow their spiritual lives, but have many other commitments that pull on their time and energy. In this daily Lenten guide, she provides practical, easy-to-do guidance to help families joyfully celebrate the threefold purpose of Lent—fasting, prayer and almsgiving. What gives this book extra value are the poignant stories from the life of St. John Paul II—stories that are guaranteed to touch your heart and increase your family’s love for this great saint. Cooper O’Boyle has written a superb Lenten resource that deserves a place in every Catholic home.
- Woodeene Koenig-Bricker, Author of 365 Saints