Lent is almost here. Even though we might like to, most of us can’t give up our phones and/or tablets. So, why not collect a few apps that will motivate and encourage you to make the most of these next 40 days?
Here are our picks. One final bit of advice? Keep it manageable. Try picking one or two apps with a specific purpose in mind. Have an “appy” Lent!
Xt3 Lent Calendar HD 2017
The Xt3 Lent Calendar will provide daily inspiration through videos, podcasts and reflections, as well as beautiful watercolor images to accompany you through Lent. http://www.xt3.com/lent/
The content for each day is hidden until you reach that particular day of Lent. The first feature will be available on Ash Wednesday, 1 March 2017.
The Lentsanity App
Reminds you to skip the meat! http://site.focus.org/lentsanity/
Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl
This app helps you track your sacrifices and offers daily reflections and meatless recipes for Lent.
If you subscribe to Magnificat, you know that the Magnificat Lenten companion is all you really need. It’s also the only one we’ve listed here that’s not free. Liturgy, prayers and daily reflections. http://us.magnificat.net/home/online
Truth and Life Bible App
Try the 40 Day Challenge – read the four gospels during Lent. Added bonus: dramatized audio for the Gospel of Mark, with professional actors and real sound effects. https://www.truthandlifeapp.com
This app develops an examination of conscience based on age, sex and vocation and then walks you through the sacrament. With this tool, you can commit to more frequent confession throughout Lent. http://www.littleiapps.com/confession/
The Pope App
News, speeches, images, live feeds … you can follow Pope Francis every day. A good place to start could be to read (or watch) his general audiences or Sunday Angelus addresses throughout Lent. http://www.thepopeapp.com
All apps are available for download from the App Store or Google Play.