Monica Walton

Monica Walton was born and raised in Southwest Louisiana. A graduate of the LSU School of Journalism, she has worked in print, broadcast, and digital media. She has lived in Mississippi for over thirty years, raising her four children, working as a freelance writer, and volunteering with Birthright, MARC, and the Catholic Church. Lean Into Lent is her second book.

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Lean Into Lent is centered on the Weekly Sunday Gospels which unfold the richness of our Faith and prepare us to hear the Word proclaimed in our weekend worship. The material is organized with a rhythm to foster a new habit of daily prayer and contemplation. The Second Vatican Council developed a Liturgical Calendar based on the three-year cycle of Readings from the three synoptic Gospels, Matthew, Mark, and Luke so that Eucharistic Celebrations would include more teachings of the Bible. The Gospel of John is read during Easter every year, as well as other special occasions. The lectionary of the early Church became Year A and is sometimes used for the RCIA Scrutinies as preparation for those entering the Church each year at Easter. And the Modern Day Parables are inspired by the Lenten themes which are congruent in all Liturgical Cycles. Because Lean Into Lent includes the Gospel Reading selections for Years A, B, and C, it will be relevant every year during the season of Lent.

AVAILABLE NOW: Advent Reflections For This Day (2023 edition) $8.95

The 2023 edition of Advent Reflections For This Day is designed with a weekly focus of the Sunday Gospels to offer a deeper experience of the Sacred Word without the worry of falling behind on daily reading during the busy Christmas season. Each week also includes a Modern Day Parable, an original, inspired story that parallels the Gospel passage in a contemporary setting, and illuminates a new experience of the Scripture. This book is a great way to embrace the spiritual meaning of Christmas, and nurture your faith during the four weeks of Advent without feeling overwhelmed by it.

Author Monica Walton will be glad to meet with you in person (or via Zoom) to discuss how the small groups in your parish can get the most out of the 2023 Advent season by utilizing Advent Reflections For This Day. Email author Monica Walton at [email protected] with any questions.

Sunrise Press offers generous discounts and free shipping on bulk purchases. Reserve copies for your parish now! Individuals are encouraged to check with their pastor before paying full price. Email Editor-in-Chief Joe Lee at [email protected] with your questions before ordering. 

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