The Lenten Season began yesterday with Ash Wednesday, which means Catholics around the world will be reflecting on and commemorating the Lord’s Passion for the next 40 days. It means a month and a half of prayers, fasting, sacrifices, and reflections that we will all be doing to memorialize Christ’s ultimate sacrifice— His life to save mankind from sin.
But sometimes, it can be difficult to keep a regimen for Lent, especially now during a pandemic where we are all stressed and preoccupied with work, school, and keeping ourselves healthy and safe. Luckily, there are mobile phone apps that can help us stick to our Lenten plans— from prayers and reflections to meals and eating and even entertainment! (Read: The Pope’s Lenten Message for 2021)
My Pope Philippines lists three mobile apps that you can use as companions for a meaningful Lent amid the pandemic.
Mobile Apps for Lent: Pray 40 Days
The Lenten Season lasts for 40 days— symbolic of the time Jesus spent fasting in the desert. That’s why there is an app called ‘Pray 40 Days‘ so you would be able to religiously pray for the entire Lent and be spiritually enlightened about the season. (Read: Vatican releases book with Pope’s homilies and other prayers for spiritual reflection)
The prayers are led by Fr. Michael Denk, who thought of the app himself. Each day holds a different prayer which will surely help you reflect for the next 40 days.
Mobile Apps for Lent: Lentsanity
Lentsanity is an app that basically has it all: reflections, activities, prayers, as well as reminders of when to not eat meat! Offered by the Fellowship of Catholic University Students, this app provides users with ‘daily doses’ which are mini-challenges that one can do to improve their relationship with God.
Lessons on humility, faith, and relationships are also available for your perusal. Lentsanity also reminds users on what days they can’t eat meat, and also provides some meatless recipes! It is available for download both on iOS and Android.
Mobile Apps for Lent: Sacred Space
Sacred Space is a mobile app that has a collection of mini daily retreats that you can follow at your own pace throughout the day. There are also meditations that come with these audio retreats, which are provided by the Irish Jesuits and Loyola Press. (Read: What’s the Difference Between Fasting and Abstinence?)