The Ignatian Workout for Lent Retreat: Holy Week

During this Holy Week, our Ignatian Workout for Lent invites us to reflect on trial and suffering. Listen to Tim Muldoon’s reflection below. If you’d like, share some of your own reflections in the comments.


What does a meditative reading of the story of the trial stir up in you? What trials have you faced, or are you facing? Can you find a place in your heart where you are willing to trust God the way Jesus did?


In the coming days, set aside time to undertake the stations of the cross. Give yourself time to consider how meditating on Christ’s way of the cross sheds light on the specific struggles you are facing.

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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.

2 Comments on The Ignatian Workout for Lent Retreat: Holy Week

  1. To trust when the father seems absent? And when eveyone else is absent too? I know we are often told that Jesus, friends al lran away, but since He handed His mother over int othe care of St Jeohn we can assume that John was enarby as were varousother women. So there were some people who cred about Him arou..His mother, MAry the mother of , Salome etc etcnd. And yet what I have found in times of extreme trial is not only that G od seems absent but also everyone elese is truly absent too. Lack of human support is particularly difficult. And in fact Christians who one might assue are less afraid of suffering and death than most other people do not fare any better, in fact if anythng they are worst! How to find God inthe middle of all of that ? Not only feeling alone or seeming to be alone but truly alone .I often hear about St John of the Cross. What is the best way to approach him? What modern translation of his original works is recommended? Thanks for yoru miinistry
    M S B

  2. “to trust even when the Father seems absent”……….
    only possible if one has developed a deep relationship in the past
    with a Father who loves us beyond our grasp.
    thank you – this was beautiful Tim. Lyn

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