Resources for Lent – Prayer

Ash Wednesday is March 6, 2019, which is the beginning of the Season of Lent. Lent is a time where we focus in particular on conversion. We do this in three ways. First, we think about our prayer life. We seek God in a variety of ways in our prayer life.

First, we seek out the sacramental moments offered us by the Church. We go to Mass, or perhaps we go to confession. Our faith is not ever limited to a “me and Jesus” type of moment. No, we are the Body of Christ, a community of believers seeking God together, praying with and for each other. As we remind ourselves each time we pray the Our Father, we are in this together.

Second, we look to communal and devotional prayer as well. Many parishes offer the Stations of the Cross. Sometimes prayer in parishes involves reflecting together on service by sharing a simple meal.

Third, we look to personal prayer. Most importantly we seek to know Jesus. Nothing is more important in our life than an encounter with Jesus, who is the one who changes our hearts to become more like his. He is the one who saves us.

By devoting more time to prayer, we enable our hearts to root out our secret lies and forms of self-deception, and then to find the consolation God offers. He is our Father and he wants us to live life well.

Resources for Sacramental and Devotional Prayer

So, you want to get to Mass? You need to know when Confession is? You want a good examination of conscience to prepare for Confession? Below are some links that you might find helpful.

    The purpose of the Mass Times ministry is to help Catholics get to Mass by helping them find churches and worship times worldwide.
  • Dominican Compline App. Listen to the Friars from St. Dominic Priory (St. Louis, MO) Chant Compline & Pray Along on your Device.
  • Catholic Event Finder. The purpose of Catholic Event Finder is to aid in the spreading of the Gospel of Jesus Christ through His Catholic Church and to help unify the good efforts of Catholic organizations around the world.
  • Catholic TV. CatholicTV is a beacon of Hope and a unique Herald of the simple, yet profound Message of Jesus Christ, Who is made truly present among us in the Breaking of the Bread.
  • EWTN Multimedia. Click a box below to see what EWTN is airing now on all of its nine networks, access past episodes of your favorite shows, listen to EWTN radio and find out what will be airing in the next month!
  • Relevant Radio. Relevant Radio® assists the Church in the New Evangelization by providing relevant programming through media platforms to help people bridge the gap between faith and everyday life.
  • Catholic Radio Network. The Catholic Radio Network began with one station in 2004. We are currently operating 10 stations throughout Missouri, Kansas, and Colorado with 8 translator stations assisting us in broadcasting our message to a larger audience.
  • Covenant Network Catholic Radio. Through the grace that we have received from Our Lord in the Most Blessed Sacrament the mission of this apostolate is to evangelize the Catholic faith, primarily through radio.
  • Dynamic Catholic Radio. To re-energize the Catholic Church in America by developing world-class resources that inspire people to rediscover the genius of Catholicism.
  • American Catholic Radio. American Catholic Radio (ACR) is designed to help you know your faith, so you can grow in your faith.   It’s a weekly half-hour of information and inspiration, in the popular style of the Franciscans.
  • Virtual Stations of the Cross. Presenting the traditional devotion in a virtual way to help you reflect on the mystery of Jesus’ death and what it still means to us today.

Resources for Personal Prayer

Prayer also is individual. While some of the resources above help with individual prayer, below there is a list of resources that help with personal prayer as well.

  • 3-minute Retreat. 3-Minute Retreats invite you to take a short prayer break right at your computer. Spend some quiet time reflecting on a Scripture passage. Knowing that not everyone prays at the same pace, you have control over the pace of the retreat. After each screen, a Continue button will appear. Click it when you are ready to move on. If you are new to online prayer, the basic timing of the screens will guide you through the experience.
  • Contemplative Outreach. Contemplative Outreach is a spiritual network of individuals and small faith communities committed to living the contemplative dimension of the Gospel. The common desire for Divine transformation, primarily expressed through a commitment to a daily Centering Prayer practice, unites our international, interdenominational community.
  • Jesuit Prayer. A prayer resource put together by Jesuit provinces in North America.
  • Reimagining the Examen. This is a fresh and customized prayer app inspired by St. Ignatius’s Examen, a practice that helps you review your day in the presence of God. With unique Examens tailored to your mood, needs, and situation, the app invites you to pray from where you are, wherever you are.
  • Examen Prayer App. This app will remind you to pray the Examen daily and walk you through the steps, allowing you to reflect on and make changes in your life that will bring you closer to God.
  • Dynamic Catholic Daily Reflections. Start each day with an inspiring quote sent directly to your inbox. These simple yet powerful messages will help you to live each day with passion and purpose.
  • Praying Lent. 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.
  • Franciscan Media Lent and Easter. This site is a collection of blog posts to help readers to enter more completely into the season of Lent.
  • Loyola Press Lenten Resources. Whether it is activities for your children or grandchildren, or prayer reflections for the grown-ups, there are plenty of ideas to help with your season of Lent.
  • FOCUS Lenten Resources. While FOCUS is a ministry primarily focused on college students, these resources could be helpful to anyone wanting to go deeper this Lent into their faith. There is even a “Lentsanity” App.
  • TryPraying. The desire to reach out to God is basic to many, many people. Trypraying is a resource for people like that: no church connection or interest, but open to find out about God. The trypraying booklet is a 7-day prayer guide and is now being used by many to pass on to friends and family with a few words of encouragement, ‘Why don’t you try praying for a week and see what happens in your life?’