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Repentance & Renewal: Ignatian Resources for Lent

February 28, 2017 — Tomorrow, Ash Wednesday, marks the beginning of Lent, and the Ignatian family has a wide array of resources for prayer and reflection to help guide you through the next 40 days. Bookmark this page and direct others here through jesuits.org/lent, as we will continue to update it as resources become available.

First, read “How to Prepare for Lent” at IgnatianSpirituality.com, which is also offering a free online retreat based on the book “The Ignatian Workout for Lent” by Tim Muldoon, and its own list of other Lenten resources.

The Ignatian Solidarity Network is hosting a daily blog series called Rise Up! A Lenten Call to Solidarity, uniting voices engaged in work for racial equality, criminal justice reform, alleviation of poverty, and environmental justice to explore responses to injustice through the lens of the daily readings and Ignatian spirituality. Subscribe to receive the daily reflections via email.

Living Lent Daily

Loyola Press presents Living Lent Daily, a daily email series that delivers reflections based on the Scriptures of Lent. Based on "A Book of Grace-Filled Days" by Amy Andrews, Living Lent Daily opens a portal to God’s loving, grace-filled presence in the midst of our busy lives. Sign up to receive the daily messages from Ash Wednesday through Easter Sunday here.

Also available from Loyola Press is 7 Ways to Practice Lent, a free eBook exploring 7 Lenten practices and offering background, prayer, and activities.

The Apostleship of Prayer has made available for purchase "Sacred Reading for Lent 2017", inspired by Ignatian spirituality and guiding you through the Church's daily Gospel readings as well as readings for solemnities and feast days.

The Central and Southern Province Jesuits’ eNews will present prayers and reflections for the season of Lent. Reflections and prayers will be offered by a Jesuit of the Central and Southern Province and sent at the beginning of each week by email. Sign up here.

The Jesuits in Australia have a daily email newsletter from their website Pray.com.au, with daily meditations throughout Lent. Click here to register.

Several Jesuit colleges and universities also have Lenten offerings:

The College of the Holy Cross has published a daily Lenten reflection booklet, “Return to Me: Lenten Reflections from Holy Cross,” which can be downloaded as a PDF. It contains reflections written by a variety of Holy Cross students, Jesuits, professors, chaplains, staff and alumni.

Creighton University’s Praying Lent has daily readings, meditations, reflections and prayers. Creighton’s Online Ministries also offers a Lenten audio retreat by Jesuit Father Larry Gillick.

Georgetown University’s Lent Daily Devotional offers brief reflections and prayers written by students, faculty, staff and alumni that are sent out by email each morning during Lent.

Jesuit and Ignatian prayer sites are another great way to pray during Lent. JesuitPrayer.org, produced by the Midwest Jesuits, offers the daily Scripture, along with an Ignatian prayer for the day and an Ignatian reflection written by Jesuits and lay collaborators. Sacred Space, run by the Irish Jesuits and Loyola Press, also offers daily prayers and reflections. Pray as You Go, by the British Jesuits, has daily audio prayer sessions that you can download.

Finally, for Spanish speakers, pray along en español with Loyola Press' Recursos cuaresmales and Creighton University's Un Retiro "Online". Additionally, the Jesuits of Spain provide an online podcast/audio retreat, Rezando voy.





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