Here is a reading plan for Counsels of Perfection for Christian Mothers, if you would like to follow along. Even if you don't have the book, you are welcome to comment and add thoughts from your own Lenten reading or from your own life. Also, if you happen to come across this later, you are welcome to speak up as well.
The book contains 28 chapters and is divided into 3 sections. I am scheduling Part 1 for Lent, and Parts 2 and 3 for the Easter Season. I hope to wrap up around Pentecost.
Here is the Introduction.
The End (and Obstacles)
Defines our goal as Christian mothers and gives us some guidance about discerning where we are now, and what can prevent us from reaching the goal.
There are 11 chapters in this part, and we have 5 weeks left of Lent, so I am going to divide it this way:
February 27: chapters 1-2 on True and False Devotion and a Catalogue of Souls
March 6 : chapters 3-4, on Naturalism and The Value of Time
March 13: chapters 5-6 on The Need of a Rule of Life, and Promptness in Rising
March 20: chapters 7-8, on Venial Sin, Its Ugliness and Its Effects
March 27: chapters 9-11, on Impediments to Spiritual Progress, and Attachments and Aversions
Rules of Life (some examples and discussion)
Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam (on the Ignatian idea of "Magis" or excellence)
Easter is March 31
A Blessed Easter Season to You!
Some helps to reaching our goal: spiritual reading, meditation, resolutions, examination of conscience, perseverance, our interior life, governing our tongues.
April 3: chapters 1-3, Spiritual Reading
April 10: chapters 4-5, on Meditation and Good Resolutions
April 17: chapters 6-7, on Examination of Conscience, and Rising After We fall
April 24: chapters 8-10, on the Interior Life, Government of the Tongue, and Spiritual Imperfection
The Means Par Excellence
On the sacraments and other divine helps, particularly on the Mass.
(I wrapped this section up in the one post since we were preparing for the Sacrament of Matrimony for my dear daughter).
May 1: chapters 1-3, on Holy Mass and Holy Communion
May 8: chapters 4-6, on Communion of Children
May 15: chapter 7, on The Church, and Wrapping Up
Pentecost is May 19
Conclusion: The Heroic and Unheroic Moments