Lent This Year
offers us all a very special opportunity to grow in our relationship
with God and to deepen our commitment to a way of life, rooted in our
baptism. In our busy world, Lent provides us with an opportunity
to reflect upon our patterns, to pray more deeply, experience sorrow
for what we've done and failed to do, and to be generous to those in
We offer resources here to assist our entry into this wonderful
season, from our preparing to begin Lent to our preparing to celebrate
the holy three days following Lent.
For centuries, the Liturgy of the Hours and
the Eucharist have guided our Lenten reflection. Inspired by these
liturgies, we offer a brief, daily prayer for each day of Lent and the
Easter Triduum. Each day, we share the Opening Prayer text for
that day's liturgy. This prayer is simple and, in many cases,
memorable. It alone could be repeated several times throughout
We also offer a link to the readings of the day, a brief meditation,
a link to the Daily Reflection for that day and Intercessions from the
Liturgy of the Hours. Each daily prayer concludes with a spontaneous
prayer we composed, as an example of the type of prayer each of us might
pray, in our own words, for that day. We imagine that some will
have the time and desire to use all of the resources here. Others
may only have time for the resources and the Daily Reflections. Visit the Site Index below to see what is available and what will be
added throughout Lent.
May Our Lord grant us all the graces we need
Lenten Audio Retreats
- with Fr. Larry Gillick, S.J.
Lent Audio Retreat. - Year A
Lent Audio Retreat - Year B
Fr. Larry Gillick, S.J. - Year C
Archive of the Daily Reflections
since 1998. A prayer and homily resource,
with thousands of reflections
|Deepening Our Lent:
Lenten Audio Conversations:
Brief words about what's happening each week.
Now with text transcripts of the Conversations which can be shared with others.
Recipes for Ash Wednesday,
all the Fridays of Lent and for Good Friday
A Mardi Gras Prayer...
Beyond Chocolate: A Deeper Lent....
Beginning My Lenten Patterns
What Is Fasting and Abstinence?
The Invitation of Lent
Choosing Lent, Acting Lent.
New: Doing Lent As A Family
Make an Online Retreat During Lent
Parish Resources For Lent
Returning to the Sacrament of Reconciliation
Lent for the Older Brother/Sister
of the Prodigal Son/Daughter
Helping Little Children with Lent
Looking at Marriage
Stations of the Cross
Midpoint of Lent
Using the Weekly Guides for Daily Prayer during each week of Lent.
Pope Francis' 2018 Lenten Message:
"“Because of the increase of iniquity, the love of many will grow cold” (Mt 24:12)"
Pope Francis' 2017 Lenten Message
The Word is a Gift. Others Persons are a Gift.
Pope Francis' 2016 Lenten Message
Lent is a Favorable Time for Conversion
Pope Francis' 2015 Lent Message
Warning about indifference to the poor
suggesting what we can do
Pope Francis Speaks on Lent:
Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving
A Lenten Parish Retreat - two videos:
A Time for Healing and Hope - I
A Time for Healing and Hope - II
From "Praying With Alzheimer's"
A Contemplation on the Woman at the Well
for the Third Sunday of Lent
A Contemplation on the Man Born Blind
for the Fourth Sunday of Lent
A Contemplation on the Raising of Lazarus
for the Fifth Sunday of Lent
Praying the Gospels
of Weeks 3, 4, 5
A Contemplation on the Day after the Crucifixion of Jesus, with the Mother of James and John
as: Hearing the Cry of the Poor
Make an Online Retreat
each week of Lent
time permits only one,
brief prayer a day
The Good Friday Intercessions
during Lent, 2018:
First Four Days of Lent
February 14 - 17
First Week of Lent
February 18 - 24
Week of Lent
February 25 - March 3
Week of Lent
March 4 - 10
Week of Lent
March 11 - 17
Week of Lent
March 18 - 24
The First Four Days
March 25 - 28
The Sacred Triduum
March 29 - 31
Celebrating the Easter Season
April 1 - May 20
Order a printed copy of many of our Lent resources. Praying Lent: Renewing Our Lives on the Lenten Journey - $5.95 from Loyola Press.
to use all through Lent.
Click on the book image
Lenten Book Groups
Thrift Store Saints by Jane Knuth
Reader's Guide here.
See Jane Knuth's Creighton talk Here.
They Come Back Singing
by Gary Smith, SJ
About Who We Are
Audio and text of Presentation at Creighton
by Dr. Bob Heaney, M.D.
How Can Lent Help Us?
Video of presentation by
For a Lent treat,
read the reflections people sent us
as they read Mercy in the City.
A Wonderful Holy Week Reflection
In Memory of a Jesuit assassinated in Syria
In 2014, Fr. Frans van der Lugt, S.J. was assassinated in Syria, continuing to do his ministry of service for his people. Tony Homsy, S.J. a Syrian Jesuit, who was a friend of Fr. Frans, was studying at Creighton University at the time. We asked him to reflect for us on his experience of the assassination of his Jesuit friend. Fr. Frans' Disciples