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"Mom Donna" and Mother Teresa are both helpful Lenten companions, offering encouragement and creative ideas for family prayer, fasting, and almsgiving throughout this holy season. Though we already have loads of Lenten traditions in our family, I always take something new away from Donna-Marie's books. I love the "Reflections for Parents" in this book, as well as the stories from Mother Teresa's life.~Karen Edmisten, Author of After Miscarriage

"Can you imagine spending Lent with Mother Teresa? A chance of a lifetime! Donna-Marie's book will do that exactly for you. Enjoy!"--Fr. Benedict J. Groeschel, C.F.R.



"Hand-in-hand with her spiritual mentor Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, Donna-Marie provides timeless wisdom, practical and yet meaningful fasting and almsgiving opportunities, and prayers that will be cherished by your family. Give yourselves the gift of a Lenten path that will have you truly savoring the season and glorying in the Easter miracle together."--Lisa M. Hendey, Founder of CatholicMom.com and author of A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms


"What a superb resource for families. For the first time in my life, I can't wait for Lent!"--Lisa Mladinich, Author of Be an Amazing Catechist: Inspire the Faith of Children


"Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle's personal and profound reflections on Mother Teresa highlight the countercultural idea that sacrifice and prayer will make you more joyful and more fully human." --Tony Rossi, Host and Producer, The Christophers

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I pray that this book, through Blessed Mother Teresa's intercession, will inspire families to grow in holiness.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Ave Maria Press (January 9, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594712867
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594712869
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #753,806 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The words of Mother Teresa are powerful. They reflect her deep faith, un-abiding service and complete sacrifice for others. Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle in her newest book Bringing Lent Home with Mother Teresa: Prayers, Reflections, and Activities for Families couples the words, prayers and actions of Mother Teresa into a Lenten retreat for the whole family.

Every day, the quote, reflection, prayer, story and action present a powerful message that can only lead you closer to God. Going through each day, you take on Mother Teresa's mantle of doing small things with great love. For example, on the Thursday of the Second Week of Lent: Fasting: Suggest to the children that they fast today from unkind thoughts about others and from saying unkind things. Almsgiving: Ask the children to think about a gift they can give to the Blessed Mother today - a prayer, a gesture, an act of kindness, a sacrifice.

I cannot imagine it possible to go through Lent praying with this book and remain the same person on Easter morning. Spending time with Mother Teresa humbles you before God and surrounds you in His love. I predict living Mother Teresa's words during Lent will change your life.

Donna, through the relationship she developed with Mother Teresa over 10 years, relates the words and stories of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta to our Lenten journey in a wonderful, personal way. Praying with this book during this 40-day retreat will bring you closer to the life of this Saint and deepen your faith life.
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This book has been a little gem at my house.

The simple format works well with my kids, and Mother Teresa is giving us a lot to think about during Lent.
I had no idea when we bought it that we'd enjoy it so much. Highly recommend.
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I am pleased with my copy of this book. It's a wonderful value for only $2.50! Each day of Lent has 2 pages devoted to reflections, prayers, a brief story from Mother Teresa's life, suggestions for almsgiving and fasting. As an example, one day encourages asking children to fast from complaining and then give away 10 beautiful smiles for almsgiving.

I especially appreciate that there is a reflection for parents, and then also a family prayer for each day. I look forward to sharing this book with my family this year!

The days are not dated, so this is a wonderful Lenten companion for many years.
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My children are young, 6, 3 and 1.5 years old. Each year proceeding up this one I have done my Lenten journey "on my own" so to speak. I always kept my eyes open for a family way of sharing Lent and nothing ever caught my eye. The entries are easily understood and simple enough for younger kids and yet they are quite meaningful for us adults. I have to say I have read every book Ms. O'Boyle has written and every time I have felt quite compelled to be the best Catholic mom I could be. This Lenten book from her is no different, and it's something I can introduce Lent to my children with. Maybe not the baby this year, but definitely the other two. I am looking forward to this journey with them and I am very inspired my Ms. O'Boyle's Fasting and Alms giving suggestions. I may have to use them outside of Lent! She makes it oh, so warm and inviting to bring your child (and self) into the Lenten season and our beautiful Catholic faith. Thank you! And God Bless! :)
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We were given this book as a gift this year & it has been a lovely addition to our whole family this season. Our kids range from teenage to newborn & the practical meditations are well-suited for every age in the house. My oldest & I like to read the history bits about Mother Teresa & the throughout the day thoughts first thing in the morning & then talk in the evening about how we applied those throughout our day. Really a wonderful tool for adding depth to any families Lent journey.
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My whole family (kids age 6, 4, and 2) are really enjoying this. I love the concrete ideas it gives us all for each day. This is a book that you could do year after year and we can all work towards growing in faithfulness each year!
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Our family is truly enjoying this new devotional for Lent. My children who are living at home range in age from 6 to 17 and we have been praying with this book in the mornings. It is 'just enough' for a busy family, also leaving time for other Lenten devotions. Highly recommended!
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For the first time in my life, I can't wait for Lent! Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle's new booklet, "Bringing Lent Home with Mother Teresa," from Ave Maria Press, is an incomparably beautiful and useful guide for families to the spiritual lessons and works of mercy expressed so meaningfully in conscientious Lenten observance.

I really can't recommend this resource highly enough. At only 96 pages, it's just beautifully put together and packed with quotes from Mother Teresa and fascinating true stories about her life, insightful reflections for parents, activities for children, and more. It's quite a package and extremely affordable at $2.50. It would make a great gift for Lent for every family on anybody's gift-giving list. (I'd say it's the perfect Valentine!)

When I read Donna-Marie's work, I feel the prayerful love that goes into the writing and research. I also see on every page her humble obedience to the Magisterial authority of the Catholic Church.

I was very taken with it from the first pages and read it over several times. I found new insights and delights to enjoy with each reading. It's just so rich. I can't wait to use it with my family this Lent.
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