You’re going for it. 40 days. No Taylor Swift. No Bieber Fever. No chick flicks. No finding out what happens to our bachelor Ben. A Lent free of emotionally-charged images. I’m proud of you. And I’m also here to help by providing some alternatives.

So, here it is. My list of films, music, and literature that are free of excessive sentimentality which I promised in my last post on What is Emotional Chastity? I don’t suggest to cut them out because emotions are bad, but because sometimes our views of them are twisted. In clearing our minds of the half-truths that Hollywood and others tell us emotional love is, we prepare ourselves to start anew with our understanding of the proper place emotions really play in love.

This list is NOT compete, it’s simply some favorites. So do us all a favor and leave a comment to tell me what’s missing. I want the best list possible of items that steer clear of making you want to plan your wedding and name your kids with Mr. or Mrs. Wonderful.

But don’t worry. When Lent is over and your mind has calmed down, I’ll have a second list for you filled with virtue, romance, and emotion. No joke. However, this list will be filled with items that show the sentimental side of attraction and love as it should be. True, good, and beautiful.

I hope there is enough here to replace your Jersey Shore fix. Happy reading, viewing, and listening. And let me know your favorites!


Oldies with Catholic Religious
Boys Town (1938)
Going My Way (1944)
The Key of the Kingdom (1944)
Bells of St. Mary’s (1945)
I Confess (1953)
Lilies of the Field (1963)

Modern with Catholic/Christian Themes
The Scarlet and the Black (1983)
The Ninth Day (2004 - foreign)
The Passion of Christ (2004)
The Human Experience (2008)
Of God’s and Men (2010)
The Way (2010)
Fr. Barron’s Catholicism Series (2011)

Lives of the Saints
The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928 - Silent film)
The Song of Bernadette (1943)
A Man for all Seasons (1966)
Molokai: The Story of Father Damien (1999)
Mother Theresa (2003)
Pope John Paul II (2005) or Karol: A Man Who Became Pope (2005)
Padre Pio: Miracle Man (2006)
Clare and Francis (2008)
The 13th Day (2009)


Catholic Musical Artists
Matt Maher
Audrey Assad
(Not all of there songs steer clear of sentimental love, so choose wisely.)

Gregorian Chant

Anonymous 4
Tallis Scholars

Classical Music
(Stick to the guys above as some classical music does grab at your heart strings. For example, listening to Canon in D over and over will probably have you dreaming of white dresses.)

Catholic Radio
EWTN has an amazing network of Catholic stations all across the nation. Find yours here.

FOCUS talks
Hours of inspiring Catholic talks are at your fingertips for free. To listen click on the Discover tab at or download the app! (Avoid the dating talks :)


Chronicles of Narnia Series by C.S. Lewis
Lord of the Rings Series by J.R.R. Tolekin

Catholic Novelists
Graham Greene
Flannery O’Connor
Loius de Wohl
Michael O’Brien
(Like with music, not all of their books are sentimental love free, so read the synopsis before you dive in.)

Lives and Writings of the Saints
Lives of the Saints by Fr. Aldan Butler
Story of a Soul: The Autobiography of St. Therese of Lisieux
Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska
Padre Pio: Man of Hope by Renzo Allegri
Come Be My Light by Mother Teresa
Early Church Fathers (Various editions)

Apologetics and Teachings on the Church
Made for More by Curtis Martin (I’m not bias, it’s that good.)
Rediscover Catholicism by Matthew Kelly
Most anything by Scott Hahn
A Biblical Walk Through the Mass by Dr. Edward Sri



 Lisa and her husband Kevin have been a FOCUS family for the past 5 years. She is a proud graduate of Benedictine College where she received degrees in Religious Studies and Youth Ministry and later served as a Resident Director while Kevin served as an on-campus missionary. Now she spends most of her days playing with her two young children, and also enjoys speaking and writing on relationships and family life.

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