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an Online Ministry of Creighton University
Lent - 2015: February 18 - April 1

"Dear brothers and sisters, how greatly I desire that all those places where the Church is present,
especially our parishes and our communities,
may become islands of mercy in the midst of the sea of indifference!"

Pope Francis: Lent Message - 2015

Praying Lent This Year

cross windowLent 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 need. 

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 the day. 

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 and desire.

Lenten Audio Retreats
- with Fr. Larry Gillick, S.J.

For 2015:

Lent Audio Retreat Year B


Fr. Larry Gillick, S.J. - Year A

Fr. Larry Gillick, S.J. - Year C

Archive of the Daily Reflections
since 1998. A prayer and homily resource,
with thousands of reflections

Entering more deeply into Lent:

Lent: Hearing the Cry of the Poor

Lenten Audio Conversations
About readings for each week
and practical help for Lent.

Pope Francis' 2015 Lent Message
Warning about indifference to the poor
and 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

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
Understanding the Scrutinies

A Contemplation on the Day after the Crucifixion of Jesus, with the Mother of James and John

Lent as: Hearing the Cry of the Poor

Cooking Lent
Recipes for Ash Wednesday,
all the Fridays of Lent and for Good Friday

Parish Resources For Lent

Beyond giving up Chocolate:
A Deeper Lent

Reconciliation and Healing

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 in Lent

Make an Online Retreat
each week of Lent

Online Stations of the Cross

Sorrowful Mysteries for
Alzheimer's Patients

From "Praying With Alzheimer's"

When time permits only one,
brief prayer a day

[printer friendly PDF version]

The Good Friday Intercessions


"On the Camino in Lent"

A video journey of the foot and soul.

Margaret Hoarty and her husband spent six weeks in the fall of 2012 walking the walking the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage road in Spain. Over the 450 mile trek, they prayed and walked and met other pilgrims from around the world.
Margaret on the Camino How did her journey of feet and soul prepare her for Lent?

Using photos and stories, Margaret tells of her experiences on the Camino for those many weeks.

Her 60 minute presentation is followed immediately by an 11 minute video montage of their pilgrimage.

Daily Prayers
during Lent, 2015

The First Four Days of Lent
February 18 - 21

The First Week of Lent
February 22-28

The Second Week of Lent
March 1 - 7

The Third Week of Lent
March 8 - 14

The Fourth Week of Lent
March 15 - 21

The Fifth Week of Lent
March 22 - 28

Holy Week: The First Four Days
March 29 - April 1

Holy Week: The Sacred Triduum
April 2- 4

Celebrating the Easter Season
April 5 - May 23, 2015

Praying Lent BookOrder a printed copy of many of our Lent resources. Praying Lent: Renewing Our Lives on the Lenten Journey - $5.95 from Loyola Press.
Order now
to use all through Lent.
Click on the book image
for details

Lenten Book Groups

Thrift Store Saints Thrift Store Saints by Jane Knuth
Reader's Guide here.

See Jane Knuth's Creighton talk Here.


Radical Compassion Reading Group

They Come Back Singing


They Come Back Singing
by Gary Smith, SJ




Lent: About Who We Are
Audio and text of Presentation at Creighton
by Dr. Bob Heaney, M.D.

How Can Lent Help Us?Mariana Millwer
Video of presentation by
Mariana Miller

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

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