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
Living Lent Daily
Come to know Jesus as a friend, and experience God’s unbelievable love and generosity toward us. Living Lent Daily is a daily e-mail series designed to help you grow in friendship with God. Each day’s message includes a brief reflection by William A. Barry, SJ. The messages also include suggestions for further exploration of Lenten themes through additional online articles and prayers. Sign up now.
The Ignatian Workout: An Online Retreat
Tim Muldoon’s audio reflections accompany suggestions for prayer and action each Monday during Lent and Easter week.
Based on the book of the same name, the online retreat invites you to practice being a spiritual athlete.
Arts & Faith: Lent
Enjoy a visual prayer experience this Lent. Each week includes a video commentary about a work of art inspired by the Sunday Scriptures and an accompanying Ignatian reflection at dotMagis.
An Ignatian Prayer Adventure
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 author Barbara Lee will offer weekly reflections during the season.
Use as much or as little of the material as helps you in your Ignatian adventure.
From Ashes to Glory
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 presentation are available.
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.
Women of the Passion
Popular prayer sites Sacred Space and Pray as You Go collaborate to offer this online retreat that follows the Passion of Jesus as it was experienced by women.
Pray as You Go Scriptural Stations of the Cross
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
Almsgiving and Joy During Lent
James Martin, SJ, discusses almsgiving and joy in this Lenten season.
Do a Little Life Laundry in Lent
Paul Brian Campbell, SJ, explains how Lent is a chance to unburden ourselves of the things that weigh us down.
Fasting and Abstinence During Lent
Richard Leonard, SJ, reflects on fasting and abstinence during Lent, incorporating The Lord of the Rings into his reflection.
Having a Friendship with God this Lent
William Barry, SJ, discusses the opportunity to develop your relationship with God during Lent.
Preparation for Lent
By Becky Eldredge
Before Lent begins, turn to Jesus and ask, “What is the grace you desire to deepen within me over these next 40 days?”
How to Prepare for Lent
By Vinita Hampton Wright
How do you prepare for Lent? How have you prepared in the past? What are your ideas about what should happen during Lent?
A Blessing and a Curse
By Andy Otto
Otto posits that Lent is a chance to grapple with the paradox of the cross as blessing and curse.
Where Have We Not Yet Surrendered Our Lives to God?
By Marina McCoy
In Lent, we consider where we have not yet surrendered our lives to God, in concrete and practical ways.
Following Jesus into the Desert
By Loretta Pehanich
Enjoy an imaginative reflection following Jesus into the desert.
The Consequences of Seeing
By Loretta Pehanich
This story is inspired by John 9:1–41, the healing of the man born blind, and Mark 10:46–52, the healing of Bartimaeus.
Connecting with the Stations of the Cross
By Kerry Weber
Weber shares how she connected with the Stations of the Cross in this excerpt from her book, Mercy in the City.
Unlock the Stations of the Cross, Examen-Style
By Gary Jansen
Jansen shares steps derived from the Examen to help unlock the Stations of the Cross in a practical, contemplative, and reflective way.
The Language of the Cross
By Joseph A. Tetlow, SJ
Tetlow explores the idea that Jesus’ Passion brings us to embrace the world as it really is.
Come as You Are to Jesus
By Rebecca Ruiz
Jesus doesn’t demand perfection and is waiting for you this Lent.
Pilgrims in Paris and a Lesson for Lent
By Cara Callbeck
The experience of a pilgrim journeying to a shrine is like the experience of Lent.
The Anima Christi During Holy Week
By Marina McCoy
Many of the lines of the “Soul of Christ” prayer resonate with Passion Week, as the poem reflects on Christ’s body and spirit.