Silence, solitude and scripture those are the three things i rediscovered years ago when invited to a roman catholic retreat center many of us long for a deeper spiritual life, and christianity has a rich history of contemplative practices rooted in silence, reflection and a loving intimacy with god. By george hovaness donigian for anyone who dismisses lent as a seemingly endless time of self-sacrifice and introspection, this 6-week study for lent offers a breath of fresh air it connects prayer and other inner spiritual practices with outward actions of mercy and compassion categories: worship, worship planning,. Mindful christian spiritual practice serves this end this guide to lent is based on a theologically progressive form of the ancient christian practice of lectio divina its aim is “contemplatio” – the experience of mystical union with the “i am” who is god who is the true self within us all this guide can be used. Ash wednesday marks the beginning of lent, the 40 days of preparation for the easter season when christians are called to deepen their spiritual lives through the practices of fasting, prayer, and almsgiving the belief is that our consistent participation in these practices — like exercise we do for our. Lenten spiritual practices lent is the 40-day season from ash wednesday to easter (not counting sundays) in which we remember jesus' journey to the cross, his death and resurrection from the days of the early church, lent became a time of spiritual preparation to renew our faith we invite you to take on a spiritual. Exploring spiritual practices a lent course of seven sessions developed by the inspire network the aim of this course is to draw closer to god, through learning about - and using - the basic spiritual practices of christian discipleship download resources below (all pdf files) introducing spiritual practices group leader's. Lent is a time to repent, to turn away from sin and to turn toward the new life given in christ jesus it is a time to give up whatever gets in the way of our relationship with god and to give more of ourselves as we express the love of god to neighbors. The right way to take on lenten spiritual practices by chip hardwick | presbyterians today chocolate candy isaiah 58:1–12 is one of the suggested lectionary texts for ash wednesday, feb 14 lent is a great time to focus more fully on our spiritual lives for centuries, the church has encouraged us to give.
The ignatian workout for lent online retreat the ignatian workout: an online retreat tim muldoon's audio reflections accompany suggestions for prayer and action each monday during lent and easter week based on the book of the same name, the online retreat invites you to practice being a spiritual athlete. 40 spiritual practices for lent on ash wednesday we began the forty- day season (excluding the sundays) lent most of us associate lent with not eating meat on fridays and the practice of “giving something up” like unhealthy foods or a bad habit while these might be steps that connect us closer to god. Catholics are encouraged to participate in the eucharistic liturgy during lent devotions such as stations of the cross, adoration of the blessed sacrament, and other traditional practices – including increased prayer, scripture and spiritual reading, alms, personal discipline, increased care and service to the.
Why spiritual practices/disciplines superficiality is the curse of our age the desperate need today is not for a greater number of intelligent people, or gifted people, but for deep people -richard foster, celebration of discipline the spiritual life is first of all a life it is not merely something to be known and studied, it. I will lead her into the desert and speak to her heart — hosea 2:16 easter, with its grace of interior resurrection, is the radical healing of the human condition lent, which prepares us for this grace, is about what needs to be healed, [ forgiven and celebrated] — thomas keating, the mystery of christ for many, lent has a.
Washington (cns) -- there is no getting around fasting during lent not only is it one of the three pillars of spiritual practice along with prayer and almsgiving, but it also bookends the period of preparation for easter fasting and abstinence is required of adult catholics, ages 18-59, at the start of lent on. Looking for ways to slow down, focus on the season of lent, and get ready for easter see below for a calendar of simple daily spiritual practices to help make it a holy lenten season there are three types of activities, suitable for all ages: prayer, with some simple suggestions of ways to pray fasting, with. Have you considered engaging in daily spiritual practice as a family why not start with lent by kathleen strickland, director of family & children ministries in the next few days, i'll share several ideas for making lent meaningful for kids and teens some are more involved than others, and this may or may not be the right. Lent invites us to repent of our complicity in the culture of war and injustice, and to walk the way of the cross with the nonviolent jesus to jerusalem to resist the empire the topic raises good lenten questions, like: what is our spirituality of nonviolence and resistance how do we challenge empire and war.
Over the years, catholic priest and prolific devotional writer edward hays has given us books filled with creative practices to be used during the 40 days of lent : a lenten hobo honeymoon, the lenten pharmacy, and the lenten labyrinth in the latter, he writes of ash wednesday and suggests a simple practice to keep its. Lent talks focuses on a more spiritual practice for the season darlene polachic, saskatoon starphoenix published on: march 7, 2017 | last updated: march 7, 2017 1:32 pm cst lent talks came out of conversations between fr graham hill, left, pastor of our lady of guadalupe catholic parish, and rev mark kleiner.
Ash wednesday: february 14, 2018 ash wednesday (the day that marks the beginning of the lenten season, the period of 40 days leading up to easter) is coming up on february 14 our lenten theme read more categories congregational news, opportunity, special event, special worship, spiritual practicestags. Many christians observe the season of lent with 40 days of a spiritual practice of their choosing lent is traditionally the fast of 40 days before easter, beginning on ash wednesday, and it helps us clear out space in our lives for a deeper relationship with god it's a small way we honor the suffering of jesus. Join me for a transformative journey through the ancient contemplative practices of lectio divina, centering prayer, and praying the hours this lenten season, create a supported retreat for yourself click the image below for more details i have taught several different versions of this benedictine spirituality. Lent is traditionally a time of fasting, prayer and “giving something up,” such as chocolate or caffeine but for many today, lent has also become an opportunity to “take something on” and try a new spiritual practice lent offers the opportunity for a spiritual “check-in” a time of reflecting on our life with god.