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Lenten Spirituality Resources

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

Lenten Ignatian and Spiritual ResourcesThe New England Province of Jesuits has curated this list of online spiritual resources for Lent 2013.  This mix of original content from the provinces of the Society of Jesus, as well as links to other helpful resources, is focused particularly on applying Ignatian Spirituality to the Lenten experience.  If you know of additional resources to include here, please email us. We hope you will find these spiritual resources useful.

Lenten Podcast Series

The New England and New York Provinces of Jesuits are offering a weekly podcast series featuring reflections by Jesuits on the Gospel readings for that Sunday.  Bookmark this page and return each Sunday of Lent for a new podcast or subscribe to our weekly podcast on iTunes.

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First Sunday of Lent

Fr. Charles Connolly, SJ speaks about changes of heart and calling upon God to be with us during times of temptation for the first Sunday of Lent.

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Second Sunday of Lent

Fr. Steve Sanford, SJ, speaks for the second Sunday of Lent (Transfiguration Sunday) on the topic of experiencing and overcoming darkness in one’s life through God.

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Third Sunday of Lent

Fr. Terry Devino, SJ ties the experience of Moses on the mountain to the grace of recognizing the holy in our midst during Lent.  He talks of the signs, symbols, and invitations to holiness prevalent on the campus of a Jesuit university.

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Fourth Sunday of Lent

Fr. Myles Sheehan, SJ, Provincial of New England, talks on Laetare Sunday on the joy of our relationship with Christ and home coming, a theme closely tied with the parable of the prodigal son in this Sunday’s readings.

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Fifth Sunday of Lent

Fr. Edward Durkin, SJ, principal of NativityMiguel Middle School in Buffalo, NY, offers a reflection via Skype on the gospel message for the Fifth Sunday of Lent, particularly the messages of mercy and forgiveness.

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Sixth Sunday of Lent: Palm Sunday

Fr. Fred Betti, SJ, director of campus ministry at Canisius High School, in Buffalo, NY, of the New York Province, offers a reflection on the Gospel message for Palm Sunday and Holy Week and the themes of triumph and tragedy.

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Additional Multimedia

New England Jesuits Lenten Video Playlist — A curated YouTube playlist of videos exploring Lent through the lens of Ignatian spirituality, offering reflections, Lenten music performed by Jesuits, as well as explanatory videos on basic Lenten topics.

BC Lenten Video Reflections — Join Boston College online for a series of weekly Lent videos. These Lenten reflections invite us to enter into the Gospel readings for Ash Wednesday and the Sundays of Lent.  Reflecting on the Gospel readings opens us up to the themes of Lent and their meaning in our lives.  At the heart of Lent is a call to conversion, an element present throughout the Gospels. Also see their 2012 Lenten video reflection series on the topic of “forgiveness.”

New York Province’s Lenten Video Reflection Series — Jesuits from the New York Province offer a series of video reflections on Lent and Easter.

Guides, Reflections & Online Retreats

America Magazine: What Will You Take Up — Action-based recommendations for Lent from people including Fr. Jim Martin, SJ, and others on practices Christians might “take up” —an activity or discipline that would deepen the doer’s spiritual life while it also improved local conditions or the environment, relationships within families or parishes and even the political process.

An Ignatian Prayer Adventure — This online adapted version of the Spiritual Exercises is an eight week, flexible experience of daily prayer and reflection. Choose to commit to a regular period of prayer each day, or start with only one day a week. Use as much or as little of the material as helps you in your Ignatian adventure. Prayer and reflection materials are drawn from The Ignatian Adventure by Kevin O’Brien, SJ and other sources . Video reflections by several Loyola Press bloggers further guide you each week. Choose to commit to the full experience, or join in as your schedule allows. Give yourself the gift of this flexible retreat, on your time, this Lent.

Loyola Press Lenten Resources  — Activities, articles, videos, Lenten prayers, and a guide to living Lent daily.  This compilation of Lenten resources from Loyola Press, a Jesuit ministry, is very comprehensive.  These resources include:  Lent at Home — Activities and guides for the busy Catholic family to implement during Lent and Stations of the Cross for Children — Multimedia presentation for children to follow the stations including a downloadable PDF.

Pray as You Go  — Daily Ignatian prayer podcasts plus other prayer and spirituality resources appropriate for Lent and year-round, provided by Jesuit Media Initiatives from the United Kingdom.

Spiritual Exercises Blog — Five Jesuits in formation will blog their reflections on the Spiritual Exercises during Lent. By Easter Sunday, anyone who has followed the reflections regularly will have a basic introduction to the Spiritual Exercises.

Together on Retreat, Meeting Jesus in Prayer is a new e-book with text, photos and embedded video created by Fr. James Martin, SJ.

Way of the Cross —Jesuit Refugee Service USA offers in-depth reflections upon each of the 15 stations of the Cross.  Take a moment to explore each station, read associated Gospel passages, and read recommendations to guide your prayer and reflection on that station.


Daily Reading from the New American Bible — Get today’s reading from the NAB, during Lent and throughout the year, courtesy of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Additional Resources

For Lent: Bothering to Love – Fr. James Martin, SJ writes on the Huffington Post “one priest’s modest proposal for Lent” encouraging people to think differently about “giving up” things for Lent.

Lent vs. Greed Huffington Post article by Fr. Thomas Worcester, SJ on Lenten practices and traditions acting as antidotes to greed and avarice in our society.

Putting Out Into the Deep: An Ignatian Retreat — This Lenten retreat series of 12 presentations features Fr. Harry Cain, SJ, and Virginia Blass, D.Min, offering faith-filled personal stories rooted in scripture and the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises.  It is available for purchase, along with an e-study guide, on Video DVD, Audio CD, and Audio MP3.

Caring for Creation: 2013 Lenten Calendar  —  As part of your Lenten practice you are invited on a 40-day journey with this calendar. Each day offers a way to help you grow in your commitment to be a wise steward of God’s Creation right now — and for future generations. The calendar will guide you with prayer, spiritual reflections, Church teachings, practical information, and suggested sacrificial actions you can take to protect our Earth and advocate for those who are most vulnerable to various environmental stresses.

Lenten Programming in the Maryland Province — The Maryland Province has created a page of Lenten programming for its apostolates. These programs include group discussions, lectures, Masses and Stations of the Cross.

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