For the past number of years, a Lenten Reflection Booklet was produced by Sr. Marie McNamara (Mercy Sister, Killaloe, Co. Clare) to encourage reflection on the Sunday Gospels during Lent. This booklet was used by individuals and groups. This year Marie decided that the time had come to try a new format, one more accessible online.
She has worked with Fr Seamus O’Connell Maynooth, Jane Mellett (Pastoral Worker, Dublin Diocese) and Maureen Kelly (Pastoral Worker, Killaloe Diocese) to develop a one-page resource for each Sunday during Lent which is called Hearing, Happening, Hoping.
You can download the resource here for your individual reflection or for use with a group. The next in the series will be added as the season of Lent moves on.
Lent is a special time of prayer, penance, sacrifice and good works in preparation of the celebration of Easter. Since the earliest times of the Church, there is evidence of some kind of Lenten preparation for Easter. Although the practices may have evolved over the centuries, the focus remains the same: to repent of sin, to renew our faith and to prepare to celebrate joyfully the mysteries of our salvation..... more>>>
Each day during Lent, Sacred Space will have reflections on the daily Gospel reading with questions and reflections to help the message of the Gospel become clearer. The Sacred Space website will also feature a Lenten Retreat entitled 'Women of the Passion', reflecting on the events of the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus as witnessed by the women in the company of Jesus. A new session of the retreat will be made available each week until Easter.
CatholicIreland.net have added a new section to their website entitled 'Lenten Daily Moments'. Each day during Lent, you are invited to visit this section of the website for a daily short gospel quote, a focused prayer, a brief reflection, a daily action suggestion and great relevant pictures.
Each week, a video reflection on the forthcoming Sunday Readings is posted on the icatholic website. It is well worth visiting and watching these reflections during the Sundays of Lent. You can have these reflections sent weekly to your Facebook page.
Give up complaining: focus on gratitude
Give up pessimism: become an optimist
Give up harsh judgements: think kindly thoughts
Give up worry: trust Divine Providence
Give up discouragement: be full of hope
Give up bitterness: turn to forgiveness
Give up hatred: return good for evil
Give up negativism: be positive
Give up anger: be more patient
Give up pettiness: become mature
Give up gloom: enjoy the beauty that is all around you
Give up jealousy: pray for trust
Give up gossiping: control your tongue
Give up sin: turn to virtue
Give up giving up: hang in there!