Simple, Clear... and Purple! (LentBuddy)

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If Lent is a time to simplify, then it logically follows (to me, anyway) that any tools we use during this liturgical season should be simple as well. I already have my favorite app for daily reading and reflection (Word Among Us) and my prayer list app (Intercede). I’m also greatly enjoying the Morning Offering that lands in my e-mailbox every day.

Adding a separate Lenten app that sends me in a whole new direction feels like setting myself up for confusion and failure — perhaps even more difficult than giving up chocolate or potato chips or French fries.

The first few apps I sampled didn’t fit the bill. They were either too fussy or too cluttered or too…much.

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LentBuddy is just right. The top of the home screen has the date and day of Lent (Ash Wednesday, for example, was Day 1) in white letters on a purple banner. Below, the app reminds me what’s required, what’s recommended, and what my personal Lenten observance is supposed to be.

I can set a reminder for my preferred time of day (or turn it off) and I can edit my personal Lenten observance should I be more fickle than I originally intended to be. An inspirational quote and access to the daily readings (via a link to the USCCB site) round out the page.

That’s it.

I have to admit, I was drawn in by this little gem in the description:

This Lent, never find yourself in the disappointing dilemma of ordering a bacon bagel for breakfast only to realize one delicious bite in that it’s FRIDAY.

I mean, c’mon. Who hasn’t done that? Sure, maybe it was a turkey sandwich you packed for lunch when you were bleary-eyed at 6 AM and not a bacon bagel, but the idea is the same. It’s nice to be reminded before taking that first bite.

LentBuddy is available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. And oh — I liked it so much I bent my own rule and paid for the app — a whopping 99¢.

Which is still easier than giving up chocolate.

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Copyright 2015 Lisa Hess

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Lisa Lawmaster Hess has contributed articles to local, national and online publications, and is a blogger at The Porch Swing Chronicles, The Susquehanna Writers and here at Catholicmom.com. She is the author of two non-fiction books (Acting Assertively and Diverse Divorce) and two novels, Casting the First Stone and Chasing a Second Chance. A retired elementary school counselor, Lisa is a lecturer in psychology at York College and enjoys singing with the contemporary choir at her church.

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