Praying the Morning Offering

Have you ever tried praying a daily offering? A few weeks ago, Samantha suggested adding these prayers to your Lenten practice. The Morning Offering, which seems to have originated in the 19th century, is both an easy and profound way to place God at the forefront of your mind when starting your day.  O Jesus, … Continue reading Praying the Morning Offering

Five Great Novels for Lent

The human soul is moved by the beautiful. In fiction lies the unique opportunity to experience life outside of ourselves. Novels help us explore the gray areas of life and develop within us our deep and uniquely human capacity for empathy. Whatever your prayer practices or Lenten sacrifice may be, the themes in these novels will complement the spirit of the Lenten season!

Some Notes on Fasting (Or Why Doing “Something Extra” for Lent is Not Enough)

The conversation starts as Ash Wednesday approaches: “What are you giving up for Lent?” Over the years I’ve heard people respond, “I’m not giving anything up this year. I’m doing something extra.” I used to be one of them - that is, until I realized that isn’t enough. That “something extra” can be a great … Continue reading Some Notes on Fasting (Or Why Doing “Something Extra” for Lent is Not Enough)

How to Choose a Lenten Penance

Lent is a great experience of spiritual solidarity for Catholics. We fast together, pray together, and fall in love again with the central beauty of our faith: suffering never has the last word, and always has meaning in light of the cross.  The spiritual practice of fasting has the unique capacity to remind us of … Continue reading How to Choose a Lenten Penance

Daily Prayers for Lent

Discerning a Lenten prayer practice? Try adding one of these prayers to your daily routine. Litany of Humility I first learned the Litany of Humility as a LifeTeen Summer Staff Missionary, but its power didn't really hit me until my second year of teaching. I remember feeling overwhelmed by all the competing pressures of students, … Continue reading Daily Prayers for Lent

Why I Love Lent

The image I have of my soul during Lent is a dried out sponge, the kind that is hard and mangled, soaking up water until it is fresh and new and soft again.  The season is filled with beautiful messages of God’s mercy, images of God’s arms outstretched. We hear God’s voice in the scriptures through the prophet Hosea: “I will lure her into the desert and speak tenderly to her.”  At mass we sing, “Come back to me with all your heart...long have I waited for your coming home to me and living deeply our new life.”