lenten readalong

white_rabbit_oh_dear_oh_dear_i_shall_be_late_sticker-rfd398c13fe4d45b9ad5331a93a2b7ff1_v9waf_8byvr_324Oh dear ! Oh dear! Lent is almost here!  That’s right.  Around the corner, people.  This brings sighs of relief to me because Lent is always a wonderful excuse to slow down and live more intentionally, more prayerfully.  It’s a time for connection and transformation.  It’s my favorite time of the year, a time marked by grace and divine beauty made visible in the world with blossoming trees and signs of renewal all over the earth.  It should be the best book we read all year!  And so as I start to plan the 2015 Lent Party, I need your help selecting a readalong for the blog.

Last year I put together a small faith sharing group at my parish and we met each week to discuss Sarah Parson’s book A Clearing Season.  What a blessing that was for all of us!  My group of strangers drew closer to God and one another, and I hope to facilitate that journey again but perhaps with a different kind of book–one not so lessony as spiritual.  After emailing the group to let them know I’d be leading another retreat, many have responded with “here I ams” and hoorays, so I hope you, too, might consider participating in a readalong with us.  My small group will meet each week, but I will write weekly reflections for my virtual participants.  These weekly Lenten Reflections are posted on my sister blog, The Province of Joy, and I invite you to read along with us and share your own reflections.  I had many lurkers last year, people who visited and read but did not post, so my hope this year is that if two or three gather with me we can get some great conversations started.  Could it be you?

Now the idea is that you would buy the book and read it during Lent, peruse my reflections and then when you feel moved by the spirit share your thoughts, too.  Why not look over these suggested titles below and leave a comment to let me know if any of them sound like something you’d enjoy reading and discussing as part of your spiritual practice during Lent.  In the coming weeks I will consider all possibilities and announce the selected book before Ash Wednesday.


Sacred Fire: A Vision for a Deeper Human and Christian Maturity by Ronald Rolheiser, OMI



Jesus: A Pilgrimage by James Martin, SJ



Learning to Walk in the Dark by Barbara Brown Taylor



Lent and Easter: Wisdom from Thomas Merton



Lent and Easter: Wisdom from St. Therese of Lisieux



The Confessions of St. Augustine

When we pray we speak to God; but when we read, God speaks to us.

– St. Jerome

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launching second blog

There’s now more honesty, mirth and grace at our new site: The Province of Joy.   2or3littlebirds will continue to blog bookish here, so keep both these sites bookmarked or, to keep up with recent posts, consider subscribing for weekly email updates or follow on twitter.

The Upcoming Lent Retreat at The Province of Joy

This online retreat begins March 17th with the opening reflection on the first chapter in Sarah Parson’s A Clearing Season.  Each week you will find reflections posted at The Province of Joy.

Do not worry if you’re late to the Lent Party.  There is still plenty of time to purchase a copy of her book (it’s about 90 pages and $12) and join our discussion.

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