Lent Prep: Planning for an Hour of Power

I’ve been kicking around a few ideas for what to do for Lent this year. Then, this morning, Margaret Rose Realy passed along this link to Elizabeth Scalia’s Lenten reading list.

Oh, to have the time to read that many books…but I digress. I recognized a few of the books pictured there, and (to my shame) realized that I’d purchased some–and never read them.

It didn’t take me long to gather up a pile of 9 spiritual books or devotionals that I haven’t read, and that’s not even including the ones on my Kindle–that’s my NEXT project. I took that pile of books and placed it on the table between my desk and the love seat. It’s a little table, just big enough for the phone, a candle, a box of tissues, my Bible and Liturgy of the Hours, a coaster for my coffee, and a pile of books.Lenten reading challenge

Do you recognize any of the titles in this pile?

In no particular order, I’ve got:

Imitating Mary by Marge Fenelon

The Joy of Knowing Christ by Pope Benedict XVI

The Catholic Briefcase by Randy Hain

Wrapped Up by Teresa Tomeo and Cheryl Dickow

Essential Writings by Caryll Houselander

Introduction to the Devout Life by St. Francis de Sales

Happy Catholic by Julie Davis

One Size Fits All by Michele Howe

A Season of Mystery by Paula Huston

mery in the cityPlus, I recently ordered Kerry Weber’s new book, Mercy in the City, which should arrive Monday, so that rounds out my pile to an even 10 books.

When it comes to spiritual reading, I tend to be a grazer, so I’m happy to have an abundance of choices. I might not finish these, but I’m going to work on this stack of books for sure during this season.

But I want to do more than read this Lent. So I’m going to fit in an Hour of Power each day. It doesn’t have to be a whole hour all at once, but I have 4 things I want to make happen daily during Lent, for 15 minutes (at least) each:

  • Spiritual reading
  • Journaling
  • Work on my book
  • Declutter my home (Home Storage Solutions has a nifty 15-minute-per-day challenge)

What would you do for your daily Hour of Power?