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Lent

It might seem odd to wish people a 'Happy Lent!', but it's good to approach the season with some sense of the joy that comes from spiritual renewal. Lent is about sorrow for sin, both our sins and for the sins of the whole of the world, but it's also a great time of spiritual growth. We have a number of resources to help you over the coming weeks that we hope will help you grow closer to God.

First of all though, here are some tips for Lent. They're not designed to be exhaustive and you may have other sources of advice like a spiritual director, but here's our advice for a happy and holy Lent.

1. Have a Plan

Don't enter Lent without a plan of how you will use the time. Often we can start Lent with good intentions, but our plans don't come to fruition. Spend some time perhaps sketching out a schedule of what you will do when.

2. Pray

This might seem fairly obvious, but spend some more time in prayer. We have a variety of resources to help you.

3. Fast

It's traditional in Lent to give up something, one of good way to do this is to fast, and perhaps give the money you save to those who are less fortunate. You can find a great article on fasting on Thinking Faith. Read more >>>

4. Give Alms

Spend some of your time or money on those who are less fortunate. Perhaps put aside some time each week to helps others at your local church.

You can't fail! Lent can be tough, but when you fail, realize that even those who can be considered righteous fall seven times daily (Prov. 24:16). Let your failure be a lesson in humility that drives you back to the grace of God.

Our Lent Retreat for 2015 prepared in collaboration with Sacred Space focuses on the women in the Passion narratives - Mary, Martha, the maidservant in the High Priest's house, Pilate's wife, the Women of Jerusalem, and the Women standing at the foot of the Cross. A new session will be released each week of Lent as we prepare ourselves to celebrate Easter.

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The Stations of the Cross are a popular devotion in which we follow Jesus along his walk to Calvary. We have produced ten reflections based on the Stations of the Cross that guide you from Jesus being condemned to death through to his burial. It's traditional to pray these on Fridays, but any day in Lent is appropriate. These are available on the iOS and Android Apps so you can pray them anywhere.

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Earlier in the year, we prepared a series of reflections with the Jesuit Refugee Service UK reflecting on the experiences of refugee homelessness in the UK. We haven't prepared these specifically for Lent, but they're ideal for personal or group work through the Season of Lent, and can give an extra spiritual depth to any charitable work you do this Lent.

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Feedback

If you have any feedback on these reflections that you'd like us to consider when we plan our next retreat, please email us.


Lent on Thinking Faith

Our friends at Thinking Faith have excellent articles to guide you through the Season of Lent, from fasting and prayer, to the Scripture for Lent and Holy Week. Here are some of our favourites, but explore their site for more.

 

The Virtue of Asceticism in which Nicholas Austin SJ explores how our attempts at an ascetic way of life for forty days each year can go wrong if our motivations are not rooted in the wisdom of the Christian tradition. How can we rediscover the virtue of asceticism? Read more >>>

 

Will your chosen Lenten observance help you to grow as you journey towards Easter? In On Not Giving Up too Easily, Philip Endean SJ wants to remind us that ‘this great season of grace’ is not a time for constriction: ‘Lent is only Christian if it is positive.’ Read more >>>

 

As we each find our own ways to mark the season of Lent, we follow in the footsteps of centuries of Christians who have spent time preparing to celebrate the resurrection of Christ. Norman Tanner SJ gives a short history of this time of joy and preparation. Read more >>>