Lent is a special time in the cycle of the Church. It is a time in which we are invited to nurture our relationship with God in a special way, to turn our lives more and more into a reflection of Christ in the world. It is a time of conversion. One of the ways we nurture our relationship with God is through prayer.
This week was the opening session of the Lent Retreat in Daily Living that I’m offering both at the University of St. Thomas and at St. Hubert’s parish in Chanhassen. During the retreat in daily living (sometimes called a “busy person’s retreat”), participants commit to daily prayer with materials I provide them. We will meet weekly during the retreat (which goes through Easter), during which time participants will spend some time sharing their prayer experience from the prior week and I will give a talk relating to the retreat theme and then speak about the upcoming week’s prayer material. It is a great way for those many of us who can’t take extended periods away on retreat during this busy time of year to engage in focused prayer during this Lenten season.
During our opening session this week I talked a little bit about Lent and about the format and flow of the retreat (which follows the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius). I then spent some time going through the prayer material for this first week of prayer.
Perhaps you want to pray along with us. You can find the talk I gave at St. Thomas here . (The podcast runs for 33:58). The prayer material for this first week of the retreat, which I reference during the talk, can be found here.