Ashes to Easter

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Ashes to Easter

Lenten Meditations

Poetry, like prayer, speaks to the depths of human longing and is a special means of gesturing towards what is true and ineffable. These poems open a new window on the transformative process of Lent, informing and inspiring our spiritual journey.  

Christian poetry from Sister Maria Corona Crumback, I.H.M.; Jessica Powers; R.S. Thomas; George Herbert; Gordon Gilsdorf; and Brother Edward Siefert, F.S.C. will deepen and enliven the solemn soul quest of the forty days of Lent.

Each day contains:  
a Gospel reading
a brief contextual comment on the Gospel
a refrain or antiphone summarizing a core idea in the Gospel
a selection of poetry
a commentary on the poem
three questions for personal reflection
a concluding prayer

Reviews and endorsements

"This is a fine gift book that would be an appreciated Lenten gift—for a friend or for yourself."
The Bible Today


"Morneau knows contemporary Christian poetry very well and the strength of the book is the variety and quality of poetic selections. One need not be a devotee of poetry to appreciate the insights of these writers; and the reflections and questions which the author provides open up new perspectives on the scriptures and the Lenten season."
Spiritual Book News


"An especially inspiring way of bringing home the meaningfulness of the season. Highly recommended."
The Reader’s Review


"This is a special book to pray with and to be enjoyed as the poetic revelations of our Lord are exposed."
Modern Liturgy

Paperback / 120 pages
Dimensions: 5 1/2 x 7 1/2