A companion to Advent with Saint Teresa of Calcutta, Heidi Hess Saxton’s newest devotional continues the reader on a journey into the heart of this popular and beloved modern saint.  Saxton begins with a brief introduction, as well as an explanation on how to use Lent with Saint Teresa of Calcutta: Daily Meditations. 

Intended to be used year after year, rather than merely for one calendar year, Saxton explains how Saint Teresa’s spirituality can be perfectly paired with our own Lenten journey into understanding suffering through the lens of love.  In this way, the reader may begin to live his or her cross in a way that transforms not only him/her, but also the entire world.

Saint Teresa’s timeless wisdom is really quite simple, and Saxton offers short but poignant daily reflections that correspond with the daily Mass readings for all cycles – A through C.  Following each brief reflection are questions for the reader to ponder, as well as a short prayer, asking for Saint Teresa’s intercession on our daily journey.

With the reflection questions, the reader is invited to ponder more deeply the concepts Saxton offers through Saint Teresa’s spirituality, which can be done through prayer and/or journaling.  In this way, everyone can allow the Scriptures and prayers to really settle into the marrow of their bones.

The journey to Lent is truly a lifelong process, and Saint Teresa lived her Lent well.  Her joy is a testament to those of us who may otherwise dread eating fish on Fridays and fasting on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, because we can allow her to accompany us through a season of interior transformation.  This devotional will become a beloved and timeless classic on any Catholic-Christian’s bookshelf.

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