App gives Catholic teens a '40-Day Spiritual Workout' 

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Wednesday, 21 November 2012 00:00
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STEUBENVILLE, Ohio—Catholic youth have a new, free resource to keep them on their toes when it comes to their faith: Bob Rice’s 40-Day Spiritual Workout app, created exclusively for them.

“Making a commitment to the 40 Day Spiritual Workout brings a person into prayer, Scripture study, quotes from saints and spiritual reflections,” says Mr. Rice, a catechetics professor at Franciscan University of Steubenville who created the content for the app.

Catholic youth have a new, free resource to keep them on their toes when it comes to their faith: Bob Rice’s 40-Day Spiritual Workout app.

A sought-after speaker and musician with several popular CDs to his credit, Mr. Rice serves as music ministry leader for four of the Steubenville summer youth conferences and is a recognized leader in the youth ministry movement.

His new app uses lively graphics and colorful design to illustrate a daily message. The theme for Day Six, “The Perfect Prayer,” discusses how Jesus taught the disciples to pray the Our Father.

“This prayer is wonderful not only because of the simplicity of its words, but also because of what it represents,” the devotion reads, explaining the prayer in sections. At the end, the “Cool Down” recommends praying an Our Father.

The 40-Day Spiritual Workout is packed with daily devotions geared especially toward teenagers. Occasional stories help them connect the devotions to their personal lives. Users can let their youth minister and friends know their progress via email or Facebook.

“When I was a youth minister, I found that teens would come off the youth conference experience with great enthusiasm, but not know what to do next, especially when it came to daily prayer. This 40-day Bible study is ideal for a newly-committed Catholic or anyone who wants to learn more about the faith and get into a rhythm of prayer,” says Mr. Rice.

The app is available for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. For those who want to do the workout on their computer or other mobile device, they can access it through email.

To download the free app or to sign up to receive the daily email version, visit

Central Catholic

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 November 2012 14:09
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