Lent at the last minute

Here we are with Lent upon us. Have you decided how you and your loved ones will keep this holy season?  No? To be honest, I haven’t either and I suspect we are not alone.

Perhaps the February snows have literally bogged us down. It’s snowing again here in Manhattan.  Or maybe the President’s Day weekend and Valentine’s Day got in the way. Or maybe, just maybe, life is so much more hectic than it was just a few years ago.

However, longing for simpler days won’t bring them back…and perhaps they were not so simple anyway. But that doesn’t mean we can’t de-clutter a small portion of each day,  setting aside a few minutes for prayer and meditation on the greatest-ever act of love: our redemption by Jesus Christ.

Beginning on Ash Wednesday, my wonderful colleague and Archdiocesan Catechetical Office webmaster, Jim Connell, provides “Lent 2000: Journeying in Faith” for you. Visit each day of Lent and join with your archdiocesan, regional and parish catechetical leaders and catechists.

Here are more Lenten web resources for daily prayer, reflections on the Sunday readings, and a special Lenten Day of Prayer and Reflection for catechetical leaders, catechists, and all adults who would like to join us at Maryknoll Seminary in Ossining, N.Y., on March 3.

Sacred Space – The Irish Jesuits and available in several languages

Keeping Lent with St. Luke – “Thinking Faith” at the British Jesuits

Thoughts for Lent from St. Augustine – from the Augustinians of the Midwest

Lenten Day of Prayer – Archdiocesan Catechetical Office – March 3

I will add more  resources as I find them and invite you to submit some of your favorite Lenten spirituality sites  (of course, I will have to review them and decide whether or not to publish them here).

A Blessed Lent.

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