The practice of the Lenten observance has existed in some form throughout the history of the Church. Today we are encouraged to focus on three methods of observance; prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. Although Lent started a few weeks ago, it is not too late to make the most of this important season. Here are some resources that you might find helpful for your inner journey this Lent.
Praying Lent 2013 – a ministry of Creighton University. Resources include daily prayers, book recommendations, Lenten recipes, and guides for practices of abstinence and fasting.
The Last Seven Words –a seven-day devotion, each focusing on the final words of Christ, from Loyola Press.
Forty Ways to Live Simply for Forty Days – An article that sheds new light on ways to observe this Lenten season, from Sojourners.
Spirituality of Soil: A Lenten Journey from Cosmic Dust to Easter Garden – this is a five-week program for groups or individuals. Each week contains a closing activity and suggestions for Earth-care action. Users can adapt this material in any way that will deepen participants' consciousness of the sacred interconnection of all life and our part in co-creating a sustainable future.
Lenten Radio Retreat - Experience a “Radio Retreat” this Lent with U.S. Catholic bishops. Listen to inspiring words and songs for Sunday Lenten reflection.
Scripture Reflections - from the Maryknoll Office of Global Concerns. Maryknoll missioners live and work around the world in impoverished and marginalized communities. In these weekly reflections, missioners share their experiences and insights as they relate to readings for Mass.