Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Daily devotionals

I've been thinking that I'll let a few of my other magazine subscriptions lapse this year, and I'm in the market for a few new ones. We love periodicals in my house. Mike is a daily newspaper and Sports Illustrated guy. I subscribe to Self, Fit Pregnancy, Christianity Today, and a few crochet magazines. Fit Pregnancy I obviously won't renew after my year is up, since I will have had the baby, and I haven't really been using my crochet magazines. I do enjoy looking through them, but I get the majority of my patterns from books or online.

I'd like to try a daily Catholic devotional. In the past, I subscribed to the well regarded Magnificat. I did love it, but it's pricey, and I didn't feel that I was using it to it's fullest potential. I have a Sunday missal, so I don't need the weekend Mass readings, and I also own a full set of the Liturgy of the Hours. So, if I want to do Morning and Evening prayer, I can just use those.

From some quick research, I've spotted two potential candidates:

Living With Christ and The Word Among Us. Has anyone had a subscription to either of these two, or another that I haven't listed? If so, I would very much value your input.

As well, if you subscribe to a regular old Catholic magazine, and want to plug it, please do. I'm open to those suggestions too. I'm not really interested in deep theological treatises, I'm looking for more practical, easy to read, styles. Latin Mass Magazine is too heavy for me, and even The New Oxford Review. Do you have others to recommend?


  1. I used to get Liguorian. A lot of people at my church didn't like it, but I did.

    Our Sunday Visitor is another good one.

    Course I'm not big into heavy theological mags anyway. I like a little bit of food for thought.

  2. I think you'd love Magnificat. It's pricey, but you can order a sample issue to see if you'll like/use it. Or... I think we still have a box full of old ones (though R may have recycled them), let me know if you'd like me to check.

  3. um obviously I got excited about my suggestion and posted before I'd read your post fully. sorry

    In any case, we ended up dropping Magnificat for the same reasons you state.

  4. I like The Word Among Us for their Advent and Lent devotionals. Our church didn't set any out this year, and I'm missing it.

    You might like National Catholic Register and/or Faith and Family LIve (both have blogs if you want to get a feel for their writing.) Magnificat has an awesome iPhone/iPad app with daily prayers.


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