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6 Apps for your Lenten journey

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  1. Our Daily Bread

The Our Daily Breaddevotional is read by millions of people around the world and is translated into more than 50 languages. Each month millions of readers turn to the pages of this beloved devotional for inspiration, comfort, peace, and hope.

What you get:

  • A month of daily readings at a time for offline access
  • Listen as you read with the built-in audio player
  • Set a daily reminder to help you stay in God’s Word
  • Share daily readings with your friends by email and social media
  • Bookmark your favourite daily readings and capture your thoughts in your private journal
  • Discuss daily readings with other Our Daily Breadreaders in the public comments
  1. Hallow: Catholic Meditation

Hallow is a Catholic app with content developed by experienced Catholic theologians and reviewed by senior leaders within the Church (e.g., PhDs, professors, bishops, authors) based on content from the Bible. While it can be a beautiful app for Catholic men and Catholic women, it is meant as a resource for people of all faiths and religions.

What you get:

Hallow’s intuitive and personalised experience begins with a nine-day intro that guides you through three different methods of prayer. After this, it’s up to you to choose from the collection of over 500 sessions:

  • Daily prayer: Pray daily across methods including Lectio Divina (on the Daily Gospel), the rosary, spiritual writing and the Examen
  • Praylists: Sessions centered on one particular theme, e.g., joy, humility, making decisions, calm, letting go
  • Challenges: Prayers usually focused on rediscovering the beauty within prayers like the Our Father, Stations of the Cross, Psalms and Saints
  • Community: Prayers with a set schedule to pray along with the rest of the Hallow community, such as the #pray40 Lenten Challenge, which begins on Ash Wednesday and continues throughout all of Lent
  • Sleep: Prayers designed specifically to help you prepare to sleep, including Night Prayer from Liturgy of the Hours/Divine Office, Catholic Biblestories, and nightly Examens
  1. Exodus 90

Leaving boyhood behind so you don’t live in a state of perpetual adolescence, that’s a big aim of Exodus 90 App for men looking to enrich their spiritual life according to the app’s founder/director, James Baxter. If that’s what you’re looking for, and you’d like to take a hardcore approach to seriously tackle your spiritual growth between now and Easter (or any 90-day period you choose), here’s your programme.

What you get:

  • Exodus 90is an intense make-my-daily-routine-uncomfortable initiative that emphasises traditional forms of mortification like various forms of abstinence, physical discomfort, prayer and meditation to get you to break bad habits and form new ones that lead to freedom in Jesus Christ. And because this exercise covers 90 days, if you begin on Ash Wednesday (February 26), your journey ends May 26 (Memorial of St Philip Neri, if you’re wondering).

Often described as the ‘Catholic Netflix’, FORMED gives more than a million users access to many of the best Catholic video series, books, audio, and more—all conveniently accessed through the FORMED mobile app.

What you get:

  • Watch: 300+ episodes of transformational video-based study programmes, including accompanying study guides and inspiring E-Books essential for discipleship
  • Listen: thousands of life-changing audio talks on a variety of topics for easy listening
  1. 3D Catholic

Developed by University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Church Life, the 3D Catholic app is designed to promote three traditional Catholic practices of prayer, fasting and almsgiving (works of mercy)–practices traditionally connected to the season of Lent. But the developers hope users go beyond a one-shot attempt, so they programmed in unique features designed to help the user develop a daily habit of engaging these practices cultivating a lifelong practice.

What you get:

  • Daily reminders for prayer, fasting and almsgiving (including works of mercy)
  • Join other Catholics in your area praying the Angelus every day at noon, abstaining from meat on Fridays throughout the year and performing at least one corporal work of mercy weekly
  • View the real-time map to see where others are practicing the three devotions
  • Upload prayers to the prayer intention stream and take other users’ petitions into prayer while you are engaged in the practices of the 3D Catholic community
  1. CAMSEL Mobile App

Released August 19, 2014, Catholic Media Services Limited’s (CAMSEL) app gives you free access to the resources of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Port of Spain.

What you get:

  • Parish Search with GPS Integration
  • Catholic News
  • Event Calendar
  • Daily Devotional
  • Daily Audio Homily
  • Parish Directory
  • School Directory
  • Newsletter Sign Up
  • Link to Donations
  • Link to Social Media Accounts & Diocesan Websites

All apps are free, but to access additional features may require payment.