In today’s uncertain health climate, many of us find ourselves with more time to read than we’ve had in a long time. Looking around at what to pick up from the library or order online during this time of quarantine? We have you covered. Here are eight books for spiritual reading and seven prayers to bring you peace!
Spiritual Books to Read During the Quarantine
This book by Gabrielle Bossis recounts her dialogue as a mystic speaking with Jesus. She was a lay woman in the 20th century in France. The beautiful and intimate language she shares with the Lord brings a joyful dynamic to our own prayer lives.
Each chapter is brief and focuses on how to build a life of virtue and deepen our prayer lives.
This provides an overarching plan, approach, and means to live a deep spiritual life even for those living in the world.
Dom Scupoli guides the reader through brief chapters that hone in on different aspects of the spiritual life, particular pitfalls, and assistance in spiritual growth. He acknowledges we are never at rest and encourages us not to be complacent.
Saint Faustina suffered greatly but was accompanied by Our Lord in her suffering. She shares the story of her mystical experience with the Lord and provides great support for those of us suffering at this time.
This holy Doctor of the Church wrote her autobiography in the late 19th century, and her wisdom of the “Little Way” offers so much depth for us today. Make your way through her words and stories. Let them soak into your everyday life.
This Catholic translation of the New Testament has thorough and helpful footnotes by renown scholars, Dr. Scott Hahn and Curtis Mitch.
If your kids are now at home for the foreseeable future, read through this book on the virtues. It will be edifying for adults and kids alike!
Prayers for a Time of Quarantine
Christian Prayer // Liturgy of the Hours
As lay people, we are called to holiness and invited to pray the same prayers of the Universal Church as our religious pray. It’s a beautiful combination of the Psalms and readings of Scripture.
These traditional Stations of the Cross prayers are lyrical and pair beautifully with the Stabat Mater. These can be easily prayed at home with your roommates or family.
This prayer given to Saint Faustina is a brief reflection on Jesus’ Divine Mercy and easy to learn! It takes about six minutes to do an entire chaplet using your Rosary beads.
These powerful prayers are for times such as these. Offer them for the Church Suffering.
Our Lady and the Angel of Fatima gave these prayers to the children of Fatima. What a gift they are for us, too!
This papally-approved novena provides us with reflections on seven times Jesus spilled His Precious Blood. They’re beautiful and poignant.
This is a very powerful prayer invoking the protection of Saint Michael and the nine choirs of Angels. There are particular promises made by Saint Michael linked to praying this chaplet, including being accompanied by angels to Holy Communion.
Nothing is more efficacious than Christ shedding His Blood for all of mankind! This prayer is beautiful and gives honor and glory to Jesus.
Praying with and for you this Lent and, in a special way, throughout this time of health challenges.
What are you reading during this time? Share with us in the comments below!
See you in prayer, sister!
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Nell O’Leary is a recovering lawyer-turned-writer and speaker who loves sewing baby goods while tending to her husband and four kiddos in the great city of Saint Paul, Minnesota. She serves as Managing Editor for Blessed is She and can down a hot cocoa in no time flat. Find out more about her here. She is the editor of our Blessed Conversations Series and guide for the Gift of You course.