For Christians who’d like to reflect on the salvific suffering and death of Christ our Lord, here are some ebooks with meditations appropriate for the season of Lent, which may be read or downloaded legally and for free:
- Christ is passing by, by St. Josemaria Escriva. May be read online at Josemaria Escriva (copyright Studium Foundation, rights reserved).
- Considerations and Devout Meditations for Every Day During the Holy Season of Lent, with Gospels for the Sundays, etc. [short title, Devout Meditations for Every Day During the Holy Season of Lent], by an anonymous member of the Society of Jesus. Dublin, London: James Duffy, 1866. May be downloaded in PDF format (digitized by Google) from the index at Saints’ Books, and may be read at Google Books.
- Contemplations and Meditations on the Passion and Death, and on the Glorious Life of our Lord Jesus Christ, According to the Method of St. Ignatius, 5th edition, translated from the French by a Sister of Mercy, revised by the Rev. William H. Eyre, S.J. (London: Burns & Oates; New York, Cincinnati, Chicago: Benziger Bros, 1901). With Imprimatur. Available at Open Library and Internet Archive (Digitizing sponsor: MSN, Book contributor: Kelly Library, University of Toronto).
- The Gospels for Lent and the Passion of Christ: Readings at Divine Service During the Forty Days of Lent with Short Meditations for the Faithful, by Carl Jacob Eisenring, translated by Charles Cannon (St. Louis, Mo.: B. Herder, 1911). With Imprimatur. Available on Open Library and Internet Archive (Digitizing sponsor: MSN; Book contributor: Robarts Library of Humanities & Social Sciences, University of Toronto).
- The History of the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Explained and Applied to the Christian Life, by James Groenings, S.J. (St. Louis, Mo.; Freiburg (Baden): B. Herder, 1908). With Imprimatur. Available in various formats at Internet Archive and Open Library.
- The Interior of Jesus and Mary, Volume II, by the Rev. J. [Jean Nicolas] Grou, S.J., translated by a Member of the Ursuline Community (Dublin: James Duffy, 1847). Available in various formats at Internet Archive. [N.B., The Internet Archive index page incorrectly labels the work as Notes of Spiritual Retreats and Instructions, Volume II, by Rev. John Morris. S.J]
- Invito Spirituale: A Spiritual Summons to Devout Meditation on the Passion of Jesus, by Fra Battisita da Faenza (1757). Available in PDF format at this page of Capuchin Beginnings. 9 pages.
- Lenten sermons, by Augustine Wirth, O.S.B. (Elizabeth, NJ, 1891). Available on Open Library and Internet Archive (Digitizing sponsor: MSN; Book contributor: Kelly Library, University of Toronto).
- Life of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, by St. Bonaventure. May be downloaded in PDF format through the Saints’ Books index, [N.B., The discourses on the passion of our Lord begin on chapter 57.]
- The Love of Jesus to Penitents, by Henry Edward Cardinal Manning (London: Burns, Oates, and Co., 1872). Available at Internet Archive and Open Library.
- Meditations for Lent from St. Thomas Aquinas, by Saint Aquinas Thomas, 1225?-1274, translated by Philip Hughes (London: Sheed & Ward, 1917). With Imprimatur. Available on Internet Archive and Open Library (Digitizing sponsor: MSN; Book contributor: Regis College Library, University of Toronto).
- The Passion and Crucifixion of Jesus & the Seven Last Words, by Saint Alphonsus De Liguori. Selections from his The Passion and the Death of Jesus Christ, translated from the Italian, edited by Rev. Eugene Grimm, C.Ss.R. (New York: Benziger Brothers, 1887), further edited and language modernized by Br. Sean, a choir monk, 2009, from an etext at archive.org. With notes & picture. The selections center on the later stage of the Passion of Christ from His scourging to His crucifixion, with meditations on the seven words. Available at Internet Archive and Internet Archive (2nd copy).
- The Passion and the Death of Jesus Christ, by St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori (New York, Cincinnati, St. Louis: Benziger Brothers, 1886). The Complete Works of Saint Alphonsus De Liguori, Doctor of the Church, translated from the Italian, edited by Rev. Eugene Grimm, C.Ss.R. The Ascetical Works, Volume 5. With approbation (New York: Benziger Brothers, 1886). May be downloaded in PDF format through the Saints’ Books index.
- The Seven Words on the Cross, by St. Robert Bellarmine. With Imprimatur. May be read online at Internet Archive [which provides the 7 June 2011 snapshot of Christ’s Faithful People, possibly defunct as of 15 October 2012]
- Via Crucis, or, The Holy Way of the Cross: containing a novena for the passion of Our Lord, a devout method for performing the stations of the cross, prayers at mass, &c.; with concise instructions on the scapular, and the novena of St. Francis Xaverius &c. &c. &c. compiled for the congregation of St. Patrick’s Church. (Quebec: Augustin Cote & Co., 1844) With episcopal approbation. Available at Internet Archive and Open Library.
- The Way of the Cross, by St. Josemaria Escriva. May be read at or downloaded from Escrivaworks.org. (copyright Studium Foundation, rights reserved).
For other legally free ebooks, you may access the List of Free eBooks (Arranged by Title) and the List of Free eBooks (Grouped by Subject). We adore you, oh Christ, and we bless You, for by Your holy cross You redeemed the world!