Are Your Ready for Lent?

Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the 40-day period preceding the death and then resurrection of Jesus Christ. Lent is a very special time of the year for Catholics and many other Christians, a time in which we are invited to focus in a special way on our life with God – to see where we’ve been and to refocus our energies.

The traditional Lenten practices are fasting, almsgiving and prayer. Or, I should say, an intensification of our efforts along these three lines, since each is a fundamental practice of our faith.

Here some resources to deepen your prayer during Lent:

Here on Creo en Dios!, I’ll be posting each Wednesday podcasts and prayer material from the Lent Retreat in Daily Living I’m offering at UST Law School (which will be meeting each Tuesday). These posts will provide you with daily prayer material for the entirety of Lent. If you go to the Podcast link along the top, you will find links for the podcasts and prayer material from Lent Retreats in Daily Living I’ve offered in prior years.

Amy Welborn has made available for free the out of print Power of the Cross: Applying the Passion of Christ in Your Life, written by her late husband, Michael Dubruiel, which you can find here.

Creighton University Online Ministries has Lenten audio retreats and daily reflections here.

The American Catholic website has a host of Lent materials, including audio talks and information about Lent.  Explore the site here.

The Sacred Space website has daily prayers on line, including a Lent Retreat.  You can find them here.

The Ignatian Spirituality site has an adapted version of the Spiritual Exercises for the Lent/Easter season here.

Loyola Press has daily prayers, thoughts and other inspirations for Lent here.

If you have suggestions about other good sources of Lenten prayer, please feel free to share them in the comments to this post.

PS There are some great suggestions for simple daily Lenten practices here.