Lent is our opportunity to prepare ourselves and to grow deeper in our relationship with God in preparation for the celebration of the Paschal mystery of Christ – His passion, death and resurrection. During these 40 days, beginning Ash Wednesday through the Saturday before Easter, we are given an opportunity to reflect and transform our connection with Christ.
As St. Teresa of Calcutta shared, “As Lent is the time for greater love, listen to Jesus’ thirst…He knows your weakness. He wants only your love, wants only the chance to love you.”
Let us grow deeper in our love and our relationship with Christ by carrying out the three pillars of Lent: prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.
1 John 5:14 “And we have this confidence in him, that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.”
Explore different types of prayer
and to spend your time with God during Lent.
The Season of Lent
- What is Lent – USCCB
- Eucharistic Prayer Companion for Lent
- How to practice Lent
- Strong Catholic Family Faith
- Lent – RCL Benziger (Bilingual)
- Online Lenten Retreat – Loyola Press
- Stories and Activity Sheets – CRS Rice Bowl
- Lenten Digital Retreat – CRS
- The Jesuit Retreat Center of Los Altos
- Novena of our Lady of Lourdes – St. Jude Shrine
The Sacrament of Reconciliation
- Pastoral exhortation on the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation
- Exhortación Pastoral sobre el Sacramento de Penitencia y Reconciliación
Stations of the Cross
Fast for Love
Joel 2: 13-13 “Return to me with your whole heart, with fasting, weeping, and mourning. Rend your hearts, not your garments, and return to the LORD, your God.”
What are the rules about fasting and abstinence? Why should we perform penance? Why can’t we eat meat on Fridays? Learn the answers to these questions and more.
Proverbs 19:17 “Whoever cares for the poor lends to the LORD who will pay back the sum in full.”
Giving up chocolate is nice, but supporting the CRS Rice Bowl program and taking up service adds a whole new dimension to Lent. Explore 25 ways to help others through the corporal and spiritual works of mercy.
More About Lent
More About Lent
- A Heart Open to God’s Will: The Annunciation, A Novena
- Break Open the Tomb
- Ecumenical Stations of the Cross
- Meet Me in the Desert
- Prayer in Honor of the Five Wounds of Christ
- Prayer of Giving
- Prayer for the Poor
- Scriptural Rosary: The Sorrowful Mysteries
- Stations of the Cross for Vocations
- The Seven Penitential Psalms & the Songs of the Suffering Servant
- We Hunger and Thirst for Holiness
Living the Faith
- 10 Things to Remember During Lent
- 10 Pointers for Prayer
- A Good Friday Reflection
- A Reflection on Lenten Fasting
- Additional Ways to Pray
- Almsgiving: Love in a Troubled World
- Confession: Try it! You’ll like it!
- Finding Hope in the Suffering
- Lenten Resolutions for Married Couples, Inspired by Pope Francis
- Letting Go to Follow Christ
- Reflections on the Song of the Suffering Servant
- Reconciled to Right Relationship, Called to Heal and Restore
- Six Ways to Evangelize during Lent
Facts of Faith
- 18 Questions on the Paschal Triduum
- Examination of Conscience
- Giving things up for Lent
- Jesus Forgave Sins
- Lenten Almsgiving
- Palms vs. Passion
- Preparing for the Lenten Fast
- Questions and Answers about Lent
- Raise Up. Sacrifice. Offer.
- The Annunciation
- What is Easter?
- Who are the Catechumens?
- Why Ashes?
- Why is Lent 40 Days?
Maryknoll Lent Resources – Sunday scripture reading reflection guides for families, Small Christian Communities, Individuals (resources in English and Spanish).