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Lent -- A Time to Prepare

Voice of the Faithful offers Lent reflections for 2020

Lent is a season of preparation, introspection, and reflection. This Lent, Voice of the Faithful is offering the following links to reflections and readings to help you observe the season. Some of the links lead to online reflections, and others lead to places where you may purchase booklets or pamphlets to help lead you during your forty-day journey toward Easter and Jesus’s Resurrection.

If you have a favorite resource for Lenten reflections, let us know at office@votf.org, and we will review it for our list.

Return to Me: Lenten Reflections from Holy Cross, offer by College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts, by tradition and choice, a Jesuit liberal arts college serving the Catholic community, American society, and the wider world, where participants in college life to join in dialogue about basic human questions: What is the moral character of learning and teaching? How do we find meaning in life and history? What are our obligations to one another? What is our special responsibility to the world's poor and powerless?

A Time to Weep Lent 2020, by Joan Chisttister, an outspoken advocate of justice, peace and equality—especially for women world-wide—and one of America’s visionary spiritual voices for more than 30 years.

The Crucified Is My Love: Morning & Evening Devotions for the Holy Season of Lent, by Johann Ernst von Holst, translated by Kathleen Hasenberg, offered by Plough Quarterly, a magazine of stories, ideas, and culture to inspire faith and action.

Sacred Silence: Daily Meditations for Lent, by Phyllis Zagano, Ph.D., an internationally acclaimed Catholic scholar and lecturer on contemporary spirituality and women's issues in the Church, and senior research associate-in-residence and adjunct professor of religion at Hofstra University.

Not by Bread Alone: Daily Reflections for Lent 2020, by Michelle Franci-Donnay, a writer, teacher, wife, mother of two college-aged sons, professor of chemistry at Bryn Mawr College, and adjunct scholar of the Vatican Observatory. Her regular column, “Catholic Spirituality,” appears on CatholicPhilly.com. She is a regular contributor to Give Us This Day, published by Liturgical Press.

Sacred Space for Lent 2020, by Irish Jesuits, offered by Loyola Press, a Jesuit ministry, a daily prayer experience from Sacred Space (www.sacredspace.ie), the internationally known online prayer guide.

Lent Resources, from Ave Maria Press, a ministry of the United States Province of Holy Cross.

Lent and Easter Reflections, daily devotional offering reflections on the Gospel of the day in practical, faithful, and down-to-earth ways from My Catholic Life’s daily reflections series.

Lenten Resources, from Loyola Press based on Ignatian Spirituality, to encourage contemplation and reflective prayer during the season of Lent.

Lent: A time to be broken? Fr. Robert McTeigue., S.J., offers reflections on poetry for Lent on Aleteia, an online publication distributed in eight languages.

Lenten Reflections, essays and podcasts by Boston College’s Church in the 21st Century Center. Also from the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, Lent 2020: Reflecting Together, an online course of reading and reflection during the first five Sundays of Lent.

Lenten Meditations, sign up to receive a Lenten meditation each morning during Lent from the clergy of the Washington National Cathedral.

Wondrous Encounters, Lent meditations on daily scripture readings from Richard Rohr, Franciscan priest and globally recognized ecumenical teacher who founded the Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque, New Mexico (Using this link to order Rohr’s booklet through Amazon will support Voice of the Faithful with a small percentage of the purchase price).

Lent: The Way of Ignatius of Loyola, a 2019 Lent retreat on Sacred Spaces’ (Jesuits) website that is still timely for 2020

Your 40-Day Journey, full of amazing possibilities from Dynamic Catholic, “It’s not what you give up. It’s who you become.”

A Concord Pastor Comments, a daily reflection/prayer from Fr. Austin Fleming of Holy Family and St. Irene Parishes in Concord, Massachusetts

Lenten Reading—Plan Ahead, several booklets from Paulist Press with themes of Lenten journeys.

Lent with Pope Francis, each of the 40 reflections are written by Pope Francis and are enhanced with photos from L'Osservatore Romano, the Vatican newspaper, an App from Paulist Press, Google Play Store, Apple App Store

Season of New Beginnings, praying through Lent with Saint Augustine of Hippo, Dorothy Day, Vincent van Gogh, Saint Teresa of Avila, John Henry Newman, Flannery O'Connor, by Mitch Finley

Praying Lent, an online ministry of Creighton University, using Lent to grow in our relationship with God and deepen our committment to a to a new way of life, rooted in our Baptism

Imagine, A Guide to Jesuit Prayer, a podcast offering a guide through a form of prayer called Ignatian Contemplation, in which you’ll use your imagination to interact with various scenes from Scripture