Cultivate Your Lent with Margaret Rose Realy



Today, we celebrate a moment of joy with our contributor and dear friend Margaret Rose Realy: the launch of her gorgeous new book Cultivating God’s Garden through Lent.

Along with loving her writing here on our website and at her blog “Morning Rose Prayer Gardens” at Patheos, I have the added blessing of being “in real life” friends with Margaret. This means that I’m aware of all of the hard work she put into this project, and also of some of the added crosses she had to bear during the book’s publication process. I can’t think of Margaret without smiling — she’s been a true source of inspiration and a role model for me in my own writing, so to see her have any difficulty at all hurts my heart. (You’ll hear her make a bit of a reference to this in her interview tomorrow with Sarah Reinhard).

Cultivating God's Garden through Lent

Cultivating God’s Garden through Lent

The truth is, however, that the end product of Cultivating God’s Garden through Lent to me seems worth whatever hardship she had to endure in the process. While I wouldn’t wish crosses on any of my friends, Margaret handled this one with grace, and her patience and generosity of spirit was a testimonial to her writer friends about placing our work into God’s hands and letting his will be done. I hesitate to think how I might have responded under similar circumstances and feel so graced to have Margaret as a mentor.

Now let’s get to the book! Here’s what I had to say in my endorsement of Cultivating God’s Garden through Lent:

Typically, the words “I can’t wait for Lent this year” do not form themselves in my heart. A sometimes reluctant penitent, I prefer the rhythm of Ordinary Time and the anticipation of Advent. But this year, I’m actually joyfully looking forward to Lent as I will be praying through the season with the aid of Margaret Rose Realy’s beautiful new devotional, Cultivating God’s Garden through Lent. Gorgeously written and accessible regardless of your prior experience with Lent, this is a book to be savored and shared.

Now that I’m holding my own copy of Cultivating God’s Garden through Lent in my hands, I’m more excited than ever to spend a bit of time each day with this book of reflections. For each day of the season, Margaret’s voice shines through in her entries, which tell stories, vignettes and experiences that illuminate, but which also ring true for anyone (even plant killers like me!) Each daily entry concludes with a prayer, verse of scripture, or inspirational quotation to fuel you for the day ahead or to put the one you’ve just journeyed through into more complete perspective.

As we approach Ash Wednesday, I hope you’ll join me in make Cultivating God’s Garden through Lent a part of your spiritual life this Lenten season.

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Copyright 2013 Lisa M. Hendey


About Author

Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa's articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.


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