Here Comes Lent

I don’t know about you, but to me it seems like Labor Day and the beginning of a new academic year was just yesterday.  Then all of a sudden it was Christmas and somehow, we are ready to begin Lent!  I don’t quite know how this all happened, but here we are.

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 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. That doesnt’ mean these are not disciplines that should be part of our daily life, but during Lent we refocus, and we try to intensify our efforts along these lines.

As I did last year, I thought I’d post some resources to deepen your prayer during Lent:

I will be offering a Lent Reflection Series at UST Law School on four Tuesdays during Lent.  I will post the podcasts and prayer material from those sessions here the day after each of those sessions.  Additionally, if you go to the Podcast link along the top of the page here, you will find links for the podcasts and prayer material from Lent Retreats 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 a host of Lenten prayer material here.

The American Catholic website also has a variety of material for Lenten prayer, as well as general information about Lent here.

The Sacred Space website has has an online Lent Retreat this year on the theme Women of the Passion, which you can find here.

The Ignatian Spirituality site has Lenten resources here.  More here.

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

Last year, Nadia Bolz Weber wrote a blog post on the Patheos blog with some great ideas for simple Lenten practices, which you can find here.

You can also get daily Lent reflections from Fr. Robert Barron here.

Last, but not least, you can find Pope Francis’ Lent Message here, which suggests several passages for our Bible reflection.

Whatever else you may say during Lent, you can’t say you lacked for great resources to support your spiritual growth during this period!

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