7 Ways to Practice Lent—Free eBook

7 Ways to Practice Lent - Free eBook

Lent is the season when God calls his people to return to him with their whole heart. God says that when we return to him, we will find him gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and rich in kindness.

During the 40 days of Lent, we reflect on how we can more fully turn our lives over to God so that we can celebrate Easter with joyful hearts. The Church has given us many tools to help our reflection and conversion. Among these are the following:

  1. Ash Wednesday
  2. Prayer
  3. Fasting
  4. Almsgiving
  5. Reconciliation
  6. Stations of the Cross
  7. Holy Week

My eBook explores these seven ways to practice Lent by offering background on each tradition, an accompanying prayer, and activities for catechists to share the riches of Lenten practices with those they serve. By deepening our understanding of the disciplines, practices, and devotions of Lent, we will live Lent more fully and grow in relationship with God and one another.

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Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press, where, in addition to his traveling/speaking responsibilities, he works on the development team for faith formation curriculum resources including Finding God: Our Response to God’s Gifts and God’s Gift: Reconciliation and Eucharist. Joe has more than 35 years of experience in ministry and has presented keynotes, presentations, and workshops in more than 100 dioceses in North America. Joe is a frequent presenter at national conferences including the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the Mid-Atlantic Congress, and the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. He is the author of numerous books, including the best seller The Catechist’s Toolbox, A Church on the Move, Under the Influence of Jesus, and Called to Be Catholic—a bilingual, foundational supplemental program that helps young people know their faith and grow in their relationship with God. Joe is also the series editor for the Effective Catechetical Leader and blogs about his experiences in faith formation at www.catechistsjourney.com.


  1. Hi,
    Thanks for offering this resource. I submitted my info last week, and then again earlier this week but for some reason I am not receiving the link (and I have checked my spam folder). Any thoughts?

  2. Thank You Joe. We need all the help we can get to help each other. There is so much negativity on the world today. Joe

  3. Thank you for offering this book for free. I am on a mission to live and pray Lent more consistently and seriously than I have in the past, but I am on a limited income so I don’t make purchases. I appreciate this gift to help me follow my conviction. Please pray that I will stay true to my intention. Thank you.

  4. Thank you, Joe. I am a member of the COMMUNITY of St. Peter with Father Bob Marrone in Cleveland, Ohio. We are a vibrant Catholic Community separate from the Diocese of Cleveland. I appreciate what you are doing to nourish all seekers spiritually during Lent

  5. Thank you Joe. I met you at a workshop in Lebanon, Indiana. It is good to know that there is much wisdom coming from a fellow Chicagoan. We all can benefit from knowledge but it takes a person gifted by God to instill understanding. You reach so many thank you for listening to his call. I for one am proud that it is someone from my region of the world. Who knew Chicago would bear so much fruit. Thank you.

  6. Thank you Joe. I met you at a workshop at the Faith Congress in Chicago along with Margaret Matijasevic from NCCL. I am very grateful that you share some many insights of your ministry, we all benefit from your wisdom and knowledge. Thank you.

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