Our smartphones can be a distraction that detracts from our spiritual lives. This Lent, why not let your phone inspire you toward penance and prayer with these Catholic apps?
1. Lenten devotions
Xt3 Lent Calendar
by Catholic Communications—Archdiocese of Sydney
Xt3’s Lenten Calendar contains everything you need to make the most of every day in Lent. Each day contains the Mass readings, an idea for an act of penance, and an inspirational Bible quote. The app works a lot like an Advent calendar; you are unable to open each day until the date arrives. Another nice feature is that important feast days are highlighted, so they won’t be easily forgotten.
2. Walk with Jesus
Stations of the Cross Walk With Me
by Pauline Books and Media
This app, sold by the Daughters of St. Paul, is ideal for helping you fit the Stations of the Cross into your daily routine. The app contains everything you need to pray the stations, including two pieces of artwork to look at, reflections, and prayers for each station. It also has an audio option, so you can pray along or listen in the car. If you’re short on time, there are two four-minute slideshows of the stations.
3. Spiritual food for thought
Catholic Meditations for Lent by St. Thomas Aquinas
by Valent Richie
Containing 63 meditations, this app has a daily reflection from Septuagesima Sunday to Holy Saturday. The reflections are by St. Thomas Aquinas and cover many Lenten topics, including the Crown of Thorns, the Scourging, Christ’s Temptation in the Desert, the Price of Redemption, and Our Lady’s Suffering in the Passion. It also includes a daily reminder so your device will alert you. If you would like to try it out first, there is a free version that includes fewer reflections.
4. Everything you need
by Aycka Soft
There’s a reason Laudate is the most downloaded free Catholic app in the iTunes store. It has everything a Catholic could want, from the daily Mass readings, saint of the day, the entire New American Bible, many Vatican documents, and the Catechism. It also includes the Stations of the Cross, the Rosary, and the Liturgy of the Hours, along with hundreds of other prayers for various intentions. Laudate allows you to bookmark your favorite prayers, including an excellent examination of conscience, so you can have a list of them all in one place, ready to use at a moment’s notice.
5. TV on the go
The CatholicTV app is a great way to stay on top of Catholic news and add more of your Catholic faith to your everyday life. Use the app to watch daily Mass, follow along with the daily Rosary, or watch clips of CatholicTV’s popular programs. It also offers breaking news and a weekly roundup of happenings in the Church.