The Ignatian Workout for Lent Retreat: Week of Ash Wednesday

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Welcome to the week of Ash Wednesday. Pause and survey the landscape as you begin this online retreat, your Ignatian Workout for Lent. Listen to Tim Muldoon’s reflection below. If you’d like, share some of your own reflections in the comments.


Pray the words of Psalm 139 slowly, speaking to God. Imagine God as a novelist and you a character in the novel, or God as a sculptor working to create you. What feelings emerge as you imagine these things? Tell God what you hope for and what you fear as God labors to bring you to greater life.


Choose something to create: a recipe, a sculpture, a model airplane, a poem, a painting, a birdhouse, a film, or something else that draws on your talents. Give your creation to someone you love and tell him or her why you did it. Do everything you can to make the gift beautiful and remarkable so that the person understands that you gave your best effort on his or her behalf.

If you’re receiving this via e-mail, click through to listen to Tim’s audio reflection for the Week of Ash Wednesday. Learn more about the book that inspired this retreat.

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Tim Muldoon, Ph.D., is the author of a number of books, including The Ignatian Workout, Longing to Love, and Living Against the Grain, as well as many essays. He is the Director of Mission Education at Catholic Extension Society.

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