During Lent, there is one spiritual activity that I look forward to most. Before Lent starts (though it’s never too late to begin), I get out my calendar and I write the name of one family member, friend, coworker, neighbor, acquaintance, or someone in need of my prayers on one of the 40 days of Lent. When that day arrives, I offer my prayers and petitions, frustrations, joys, and sufferings for the person’s intentions.

This practice is truly transformative. First, it encourages me to take the Lenten pillar of prayer even more seriously, focusing on how my prayer not only impacts my own spiritual life, but impacts the Body of Christ. I feel like my intentional prayers each day help carry the cross of some other person in my life.

Second, it allows me to become a sort of spiritual companion to another person on their own Lenten journey, particularly by letting them know that I am interceding for him or her on that day. Often times, the individual will give me specific intentions to pray for, making that day’s prayer even more meaningful.

Finally, it gives me a chance to catch up on my “I’ll be praying for you” promises. It’s easy to tell people that we are praying for them, but sometimes, our prayer for them just isn’t as frequent or as deep as we would like it to be. (Other times, we forget to pray altogether!) This Lenten prayer activity changes that. You devote an entire day of spiritual focus — through prayer, but also sacrifice — to one person and their struggles, hopes, spiritual life, family relations, health, and whatever else that soul uniquely needs from you and your intercession.

I encourage you to join me in this special prayer journey this Lent. I love how connected I feel with others through this exercise. It reminds me that, especially during this penitential season, we are all one body, helping to bear each other’s crosses so that, at the end of these 40 days, we can come to rejoice in the glory of Easter as brothers and sisters through the Risen Christ.

Also… I’m excited to share that Holy Heroes released some absolutely beautiful prayer postcards to accompany this Lenten tradition! Click here to order a set of 40 prayer cards to send to those you’re praying for during Lent. The cards, adorned with different sacred art prints, can then be used as bookmarks or saved for other uses by those to whom you gift them. Use code KATIE at checkout for a 10% discount on the cards.

A few more recommendations…

Here are my favorite prayer journals, which I often use during Lent, too: for parents, for spouses, grandparents, for godparents, for confirmation sponsors, for teachers, and for Spanish-speaking parents.

Here are my favorite Easter basket gifts for little ones. I included some other favorite Holy Week reading and Easter basket books for kids here.

Here is a great book list with Lent & Easter reading picks for adults.

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