Praying Through Lent

Praying Through Lent 


Beginning on Ash Wednesday, February 17, Christians around the world enter the season of Lent. A season of repentance, reflection, and renewal, Lent offers each one of us an opportunity to engage in spiritual practices that prepare us for the joy of new life and resurrection at Easter.

The three traditional pillars of Lenten practice are prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. The call to pray reminds us to reconnect with the sacred in our daily lives as well as with our deepest, most authentic desires and values. Fasting might involve "giving up" a food or habit for Lent or examining more closely the places in our lives that need greater simplicity or letting go of unhealthy attachments. When we give alms -- when we give to those in need and contribute to the well-being of our neighbors and communities -- we respond to the Gospel call to love of neighbor and solidarity with all persons.

How will you pray, fast, and give alms this Lent? The resources below offer a rich diversity of ideas, inspiration, and encouragement. May these forty days of Lent bring you peace and renewal.


A Lenten/Spring Break Message from the Center for Ignatian Spirituality


Spring break will be welcome, but why wait until then, when we can begin now a spiritual experience with moments of mini-breaks that will enable us to rejoice in the new life of spring?

The word Lenten derives from an Old English word for spring season. For many, the Lenten experience is a preparation for the religious celebration of Easter. Yet for all of us, our Lenten experience can be consciously focusing attention on some present aspect of our lives that needs healing. We can then celebrate the renewed life exemplified in the visible manifestations of a true spring season.

Taking daily mini breaks provide more immediate beneficial effects rather than scheduled times when we will be able to rest and restore our depleted energies. We are often tired and frayed in ways that we don’t always perceive or understand. This could be a spiritual weariness, having given all that we could to our work and other activities. We need more than a spring break to replenish our powers of caring for what we do and for whom we do it.

Let us take momentary pauses between classes, meetings, tasks, or any other event, so that we can acknowledge and be grateful for the good intentions with which we finish whatever we were doing. Recognizing the care we have put into our recent efforts will support us to continue in the same manner. This also will allow for honest evaluation that may lead us to make wise decisions in the pace or intensity of our endeavors and enable us to put aside negative thoughts that may intrude on our good intentions.

Let us now begin the healing spiritual practice of mini breaks to lead us to rejoice in the new life of the spring season.


If you would like a guide to help you on this journey, The Center of Ignatian Spirituality will provide a printed guide full of reflections for faculty and staff this Lenten season. The booklet will provide inspiration to maintain balance and find moments of peace in our busy lives. The booklet of daily reflections is available either in a single PDF file or by daily email from Feb. 17 to April 3. For a free digital booklet, please email the CIS at and indicate your preference for a PDF or daily email.
For a brief description of the booklet, or to purchase a printed copy, click here.


More ways to pray this Lent

Ignatian Lent
Reflect, act, and remember with 40 days of daily video reflections from members of the Ignatian family.
From the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the U.S.
Yearning for Jerusalem: An Online Lenten Series
This Lenten season, take some time out for quiet reflection and prayer, journeying with Jesus towards Jerusalem and preparing our hearts to receive the gift of Himself on Good Friday. Join us for an online series using prayer, images, music and ritual.
From the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange
Steadfast: A Call to Love
During Lent, in these turbulent times, how can we persevere in our work for justice with a steadfast spirit, rooted in love? Join writers from the Jesuit network, including Fr. Greg Boyle, SJ and Dr. Cecilia González-Andrieu (Theological Studies, LMU) as we seek to renew each day throughout Lent our commitment to care for our fellow human beings and our common home.
From the Ignatian Solidarity Network
Ignatian Guide to Forgiveness: Lenten Read-Along
Join a Lenten read-along of "The Ignatian Guide to Forgiveness: 10 Steps to Healing" at a relaxed pace. This book delves into the principles of Ignatian spirituality and uses gentle honesty to lay out ten steps toward forgiveness and reconciliation.
From Loyola Press and dotMagis
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