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Living Lent at Home

God wants the chance to love you! This is the true purpose of Lent and yet many of us dread the 40-days of it. While this is a “penitential season” where we repent of our sins, it is actually a time to receive God’s love in our places of brokenness and live in response to Him.   

To live Lent well, we must be intentional in our relationship with God and resolute in our willingness to change. Our daily sufferings can make natural sacrifices as we respond to His love in a renewed way. The resolutions we make, in prayer, fasting and almsgiving, can free us from weakness and sin. This Lent, let us not be held captive by our circumstances but be captivated by God and made new by His love.

Below are some online options to help you and your family encounter God this Lent, live more fully in relationship and receive new graces. 

Video - POP Stations of the Cross with Deacon Rick

Video - Ash Wednesday Explained with Father Mugagga

Best Lent EverDynamic Catholic

Nothing will transform your life so completely, absolutely, and forever like really learning how to pray. That’s why this year’s BEST LENT EVER journeys through Matthew Kelly’s latest book, I Heard God Laugh: A Practical Guide to Life’s Essential Daily Habit. Beginning on Ash Wednesday and continuing through all  forty days of Lent, you will receive a daily email with a short video to help you reconnect with yourself and your God.

Lenten AdventureHoly Heroes (for kids)

Fun, faithful and free activities for ages 5-12 for every day in Lent. View and listen online to an array of Holy Heroes media. Download, print out and enjoy coloring pages, word searches, crossword puzzles, and fun quizzes. The Holy Heroes Adventure Guides will be teaching your kids what we do in Mass and why.

2021 Lenten Gospel ReflectionsBishop Robert Barron

Daily meditations from Bishop Barron. Spend your time with Christ in the Gospel this Lent alongside Bishop Barron and the Word on Fire community.

Living Lent DailyLoyola Press 

Lent presents a wonderful time to explore Scripture in our daily prayer, so reflect each day with the Scripture-based inspiration of Living Lent Daily, an e-mail series. Enjoy a variety of reflections based on Bible verses. The messages also include suggestions for further exploration of Lenten themes through additional online articles and prayers.

40 Days to Grace and GloryFORMED 

This Lent, we invite you to journey with Dr. Tim Gray by signing up for daily Lenten reflections. Each day you will receive in your inbox a short video which features Dr. Gray commenting on the daily Mass readings, explaining the Scriptures, and providing you with concrete ideas on how to apply them to your Christian life.

Lent CalendarBusted Halo 

Busted Halo’s digital Lent calendar shows every day of Lent and Holy Week but doesn’t let you “open” each day and find out what’s behind the picture until that day comes along. Each link will lead you to a special new Lent-themed "Daily Jolt" and "Micro-Challenge"!

Your Guide To A Catholic Lent: Everything you need for a more spiritual Lent - Simply Catholic

Lent is the forty-day liturgical season of fasting, special prayer and almsgiving in preparation for Easter. The name “Lent” is from the Middle English “Lencten,” meaning spring; its more primitive ecclesiastical name was the “forty days,” “quadragesima” in Latin or “tessaracoste” in Greek. The number “forty” is first noted in the Canons of Nicaea (A.D. 325), likely in imitation of Jesus’ fast in the desert before His public ministry (with Old Testament precedent in Moses and Elijah). By the fourth century, in most of the West, it referred to six days’ fast per week of six weeks (Sundays were excluded).

Mardi Gras

Ash Wednesday’s Significance

What do Ashes Signify?

Who is Required to Fast?

10 Tips for Making the Season More Meaningful

How to Make a Good Confession

What Almsgiving Really Means

Fasting and Abstinence: More than Laws of the Church

Giving Something Up?

Lent’s Liturgical Somberness

Purple Cloth Coverings

Lessons from the Stations of the Cross

A Simple Plan for Lent

Ideas for Celebrating Lent and Easter at Home

Understanding the Seven Deadly Sins

Stations of the Cross for Elderly

Laetare Sunday

What Palm Sunday Means

Fully Entering Into the Triduum

Your Guide to Holy Week

The Catholic Guide to Making Lent Matter - Our Sunday Visitor

Return to Me: Lenten Reflections from Holy Cross, 2021College of the Holy Cross 

This daily Lenten reflection series contains reflections written by a wide variety of people with connections to the College -professors, current students, chaplains, staff, and alumni.

 

 

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