Little Books

Six Minute Reflections: Advent, Lent & Easter

Our Adult Faith Formation Committee makes the “little books” available to parishioners three times each year: Advent, Lent and Easter. Copies from the foyer go quickly, so if we run out or you’d prefer to order one in large print, electronic format, Spanish or Vietnamese, the paperback cost is $4.00 plus shipping; large print cost is $5.00+.

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About the Little Book

In 1999, Bishop Ken Untener of the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw, Michigan, decided to create a Little Black Book.

The purpose of the book, he said, would be simple: To encourage people to pray…even if only for six minutes a day.

To accomplish that, the Little Black Book would use the prayer tradition of lectio divina to help people pray the passion of the Lord.

The Little Black Book debuted in 2000 as a Lenten reflection book for the bishop’s mid-Michigan diocese. Besides an English version of the book, there was also a Spanish edition, and a children’s version (Little Purple Book). Soon word of the Little Books began to spread to parishes throughout Michigan and the Midwest, and the Saginaw Diocese was flooded with requests for copies.

The following liturgical year, Bishop Untener added a Little Blue Book for Advent/Christmas season, and a Little White Book for the Easter Season. Several years later, he introduced a Little Burgundy Book, an undated four-week reflection on stewardship in light of the Gospels. The first Little Burgundy Book was based on the Gospel of Luke; similar books based on the Gospels of Mark, Matthew and John were added later.

Bishop Untener died on March 27, 2004, but his homilies, talks and writings are the basis for the reflections on the right-hand side of the Little Books.

Today, more than three million books are distributed annually worldwide.