Lent begins on March 1st and is a time in the Catholic tradition in which we are asked to slow down, reflect, and prepare ourselves to receive the incredible gift of Easter morning. We are invited to pray more, deny ourselves by fasting, and give alms to the poor. There are many ways you can live out these practices.
To assist you in your Lenten preparation and practices, here are a few resources we have compiled for your use:
Read Pope Francis’ Lent 2017 Message,
"The Word is a gift. Other persons are a gift" (Link)
Ave Maria Press
It has compiled 40 soup recipes and daily reflections to go with each. This is a clever way to combine nourish your body and soul during Lent. You can find the recipes and reflections here.
Catholic Relief Services (CRS)
It is best known at Lent for Operation Rice Bowl. In addition to this practical way to give alms, CRS has many resources to enable you, your family and community to encounter Lent. You will find daily reflections, stories of hope of those families you help by participating in Operation Rice Bowl and many other resources. (Link)
If you would like to receive daily reflections and recipes on your smart phone, download their innovative CRS Rice Bowl app. (Link)
It has developed resources that include daily prayers, audio discussions and retreats, and essays to read. Take a look and see if there is something for you. (Link)
It also provides a number of helpful resources including a daily reflection directly to your email inbox. To subscribe, click here.
USCCB Lenten Resources
It includes essays, videos, prayers and reflections for Lent. (Link)