Persons, places and things: The Little Black Book offers meditation for Lent


By Barb Arland-Fye


Msgr. Marvin Mottet gave me a gift, a plain black-covered booklet that provides an opportunity for manageable meditation this Lenten season.
A retired priest of the Davenport Diocese, Father Mottet (as he prefers to be called), didn’t know that “The Little Black Book” has been a part of my Lenten experience for several years. It’s practical, doable and provides a daily reminder of the penitential season. Usually I purchase one from my parish for $2, but I appreciate that I received it as a gift this year.
The Little Black Book is based on the writings of the late Bishop Ken Untener (1937-2004) of the Diocese of Saginaw, Mich. Fr. Mottet said he met the bishop in the 1970s when the bishop was rector of a seminary where Fr. Mottet gave a talk while serving as director of the Campaign for Human Development.

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