Lent is a season of repentance and renewal. We turn away from our sinfulness and recommit ourselves to following Jesus. Ignatian contemplation and reflective prayer encourage us in the season of Lent. Below we highlight Ignatian resources for Lent.
Online Retreats and Prayers
Join in an adapted version of the Spiritual Exercises, perfectly timed as a Lent and Easter retreat. Materials are based on The Ignatian Adventure, and Loyola Press bloggers will offer weekly reflections during the season. Use as much or as little of the material as helps you in your Ignatian adventure.
Take up the practice of reflecting on your day, its gifts and graces, and the progress you are making in life with Christ. From Ashes to Glory is a way of praying the Examen through Lent, by Joseph Tetlow, SJ.
Pause to review your day in the presence of God with this six-session series led by Jim Manney. Journal pages to accompany each week’s Flash presentation are available.
Add one simple Lenten prayer practice by joining Other6 Prays Lent. Daily topics help you get in the habit of finding God in different ways this Lent.
Vinita Hampton Wright leads an online retreat exploring spiritual freedom at her blog, Days of Deepening Friendship. The experience includes reflections, video interviews with Loyola Press authors, and prayer suggestions.
Creighton University’s Online Ministries offers a selection of materials to help people prayerfully enter into Lent, from short prayers to longer reflections and audio retreats.
Weekly podcast for Lent 2011, featuring Fr. James Gartland, SJ, and Fr. Martin Schreiber, SJ. Produced by the Jesuits of the Chicago-Detroit Province.
Loyola Press features prayers, thoughts, and more each day of Lent. Also see +3 Minutes for Lent, reflections on the popular 3-Minute Retreats.
Sacred Space offers an online Lenten retreat that asks the retreatant to commit to three periods of prayer and reflection each day.
Pray-as-you-go offers a series of ten scripture-based audio meditations in the tradition of the Stations of the Cross. The site also continues its regular daily prayer format for Lent.
Lenten Video Reflections
James Martin, SJ, discusses almsgiving and joy in this Lenten season.
Richard Leonard, SJ, reflects on fasting and abstinence during Lent, incorporating The Lord of the Rings into his reflection.
Paul Coutinho offers a video reflection about forgiveness during Lent.
William Barry, SJ, discusses the opportunity to develop your relationship with God during Lent.
Holy Week Articles
By Paul Coutinho
The Passion and the cross of Jesus mean two things to Coutinho.
By Joseph A. Tetlow, SJ
Tetlow explores the idea that Jesus’ passion brings us to embrace the world as it really is.