JourneyThroughout the ministries of the Eastern Province, young and old will join the Church in her Lenten journey of prayer, fasting and repentance in preparation for the coming of Easter. There are a multitude of websites out there to assist us in making Lent a fruitful and holy time.  Here are a couple:

The first comes from our Vincentian Family – from Father Terrence Moran of the Office of Peace, Justice and Ecological Integrity of the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth. His excellent calendar, “A Lenten Journey in the Jubilee Year of Mercy,” focuses on social justice, as well as Pope Francis’s call to be merciful. It provides a prayer, reflection, and suggestion for action for each day of Lent.

Here’s an excerpt from the first few days of Lent…

Lenten Calendar 2016

February

10 Ash Wednesday – Read the jubilee proclamation of Jesus in Luke 4:15-30. How will your Lent live out this passage of scripture?

11 Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes/World Day of the Sick – Send a card to someone who is sick; plan to visit someone in the hospital or nursing home.

12 Fast from judging others; feast on God dwelling in them.

13 Do some spring cleaning. Get rid of one unnecessary possession each day between now and Easter.

Click here to download as a PDF: Lenten Calendar 2016

The second website is CatholicMom.com, which offers daily Lenten reflections that are sure to inspire everyone – and not just moms!  The reflections come from each day’s Gospel reading from Mass.

Jesus talks about three practices closely associated with Lent: almsgiving or giving money to the poor, personal prayer, and fasting or self-denial. It’s interesting that he doesn’t recommend these practices. He assumes that believers are already doing these things.

The daily reflections challenge us to look at how we put our faith into action and deepen our relationship to God who calls us to new life.

Click here for the Daily Gospel Reflection for February 10, 2016 – Ash Wednesday.