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To be a parent is to be busy. We often start by wanting to get everything just right but end up just trying to hold things together. And then Lent comes around, and we either dream up fantastic spiritual regimens for ourselves, or we think, “Gosh, I can’t do another thing.” This is normal. What’s more, Lent is for normal people––not superheroes, not gluttons for spiritual punishment. But especially for us parents, we might need a little help, a little guidance, for learning how to pray through Lent.

Well, I’ve got good news: Maria Morrow wrote a book for us. It is called A Busy Parent’s Guide to a Meaningful Lent, available now from Our Sunday Visitor. In this book she shows us how to develop the habit of prayerfulness as busy parents, who are bound by all kinds of constraints. It is a practical book, because the best spiritual things are always the most practical things: they have to do with how we actually live our lives.

Dr. Morrow is a scholar of American Catholicism and Catholic parenting, among other interests, and she serves as an Adjunct Professor of Catholic Studies at Seton Hall University. I am grateful that she’s made time to talk about her book, parenting and Lent with me