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an Online Ministry of Creighton University
March 6, 2019 - April 17, 2019

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.

We also offer a Daily Prayer with 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.

May Our Lord grant us all the graces we need and desire.

Various Creighton Voices Reflecting on Lent:

How Come I Fear Lent?
Tom Shanahan, S.J.

Lent with All My Heart
Andy Alexander, S.J.

Remembering the Ashes
Andy Alexander, S.J.

Why Do I Make My Life So Busy?
Maureen McCann Waldron

More to come.

A Caregiver's Reflections on Lent
by Diane Jorgensen:

Anticipating Lent
Diane Jorgensen

Ash Wednesday
Diane Jorgensen

Thursday After Ash Wednesday
Diane Jorgensen

First Sunday of Lent
Diane Jorgensen

To Receive the Cup Jesus Offers Us
Diane Jorgensen

Who Needs Healing:
Tuesday, the Fourth Week of Lent

Diane Jorgensen

Holy Week
Diane Jorgensen

Easter Week
Diane Jorgensen


Pope Francis invites believers to prepare to celebrate the paschal mystery with mind and heart renewed:

Fasting, that is, learning to change our attitude towards others and all of creation, turning away from the temptation to “devour” everything to satisfy our voracity and being ready to suffer for love, which can fill the emptiness of our hearts. Prayer, which teaches us to abandon idolatry and the self-sufficiency of our ego, and to acknowledge our need of the Lord and his mercy. Almsgiving, whereby we escape from the insanity of hoarding everything for ourselves in the illusory belief that we can secure a future that does not belong to us. And thus to rediscover the joy of God’s plan for creation and for each of us, which is to love him, our brothers and sisters, and the entire world, and to find in this love our true happiness.

Let us not allow this season of grace to pass in vain! Let us ask God to help us set out on a path of true conversion. Let us leave behind our selfishness and self-absorption, and turn to Jesus’ Pasch. Let us stand beside our brothers and sisters in need, sharing our spiritual and material goods with them. In this way, by concretely welcoming Christ’s victory over sin and death into our lives, we will also radiate its transforming power to all of creation.

- Pope Francis' 2019 Lenten Message

St. John's Bible

See members of the Creighton commnity exploring the powerful images in our copy of the Heritage Edition of the St. John's Bible.
Updated weekly during Lent.

Beginning Our Lent:

Lenten Audio Conversations:
Brief words about what's happening each week.

With text transcripts of the Conversations which can be shared with others.

Cooking Lent
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

Doing Lent As A Family

Parish Resources For Lent

Deepening Our 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

Lent as: Hearing the Cry of the Poor

The Midpoint of Lent

Online Stations of the Cross

The Good Friday Intercessions

A Lenten Parish Retreat - two videos:

A Time for Healing and Hope - I
A Time for Healing and Hope - II

Using the Weekly Guides for Daily Prayer
during each week of Lent.

Make an Online Retreat each week of Lent

When time permits only one, brief prayer a day

The 3rd, 4th and 5th Sundays of Lent
- in Year A & for RCIA:

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



Daily Prayers
during Lent, 2019

The First Four Days of Lent
March 6 - 9

The First Week of Lent
March 10 - 16

The Second Week of Lent
March 17 - 23

The Third Week of Lent
March 24 - 30

The Fourth Week of Lent
March 31 - April 6

The Fifth Week of Lent
April 7 - 13

Holy Week: The First Four Days
April 14 - 17

Holy Week: The Sacred Triduum
April 18 -

Celebrating the Easter Season
April 21 - May 11

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

See some of the Reading Group books we have used and the sharing we received during Lent.

Lenten Presentations

See some of the Lent Presentations we have had on campus during Lent.

Pope Francis' 2019 Lenten Message:
For the creation waits with eager longing
for the revealing of the children of God
” (Rm 8: 19)

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
and suggesting what we can do

Pope Francis Speaks on Lent:
Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving

Sorrowful Mysteries for
Alzheimer's Patients

From "Praying With Alzheimer's"

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

Lent Audio Retreat. - Year A

Lent Audio Retreat - Year B

Lent Audio Retreat - Year C - 2019 readings

Archive of the Daily Reflections since 1998.
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