This past Lent, part of my prayer each day was using Turning Around: Daily Lenten Reflections with The Message published by ACTA. I appreciated the reflections by Ann Naffziger, which were both short yet thought-provoking, that accompanied the daily lectionary readings in the The Message: Catholic/Ecumenical Edition translation. Each day, I found the length of the reading and reflection were just enough and fit what I needed, particularly with a growing family and two jobs. I also appreciated that it was very portable and produced in such a way that I didn't feel bad if it got bent up or written on.
As we enter Advent 2015, as well as the Jubilee Year of Mercy, ACTA has published two new devotionals by Ann Naffziger for Advent and Lent. Both of these devotionals take you through each day of the liturgical season, with a particular emphasis on Mercy. What a great way to participate in this great jubilee! While the Advent devotional Miracles of Mercy has already sold out, you can already pre-order the Lenten edition Doorway to Mercy through the Pastoral Center. Lent starts early this year, February 10th, so make sure to pick one up before they become sold out as well.