The story of Jesus’ transfiguration forms the basis for two proposals that Pope Francis asks us to consider in his 2023 Lenten Message, Lenten Penance and the Synodal Journey. Pope Francis said that God commanded the disciples on Mount Tabor as they contemplate Jesus transfigured to “‘Listen to him.’”
“The first proposal, then, is very clear: We need to listen to Jesus,” Pope Francis said. “Lent is a time of grace to the extent that we listen to him as he speaks to us.” In addition to the Scriptures, “the Lord speaks to us through our brothers and sisters, especially in the faces and the stories of those who are in need.”
Pope Francis’ second Lenten proposal is to confront the difficulties of ordinary life remembering that Lent is a period that leads to Easter. “Do not take refuge in a religiosity made up of extraordinary events and dramatic experiences, out of fear of facing reality and its daily struggles, its hardships and contradictions. The light that Jesus shows the disciples is an anticipation of Easter glory, and that must be the goal of our own journey, as we follow ‘him alone.’”
The following are some online prayerful resources for your Lenten journey (Hyperlinks are bolded in purple) …
Looking for different ways to pray during Lent? The Online Ministry of Creighton University offers both written and audio prayers and readings (as well as recipes for Ash Wednesday and Fridays) in Praying Lent.
Would you like a mediation sent to your inbox each day during Lent? Consider Finding God in the Chaos from Ignatian Solidarity Network, Lent Devotional from Georgetown University, Return to Me from the College of the Holy Cross, and Living Lent Daily from Loyola Press.
Would you like a meditation emailed once a week? The Jesuit Conference is offering Beauty In the Desert: An Ignatian Lenten Offering. With a view that art helps us deepen our understanding of God in our world and our lives, Ignatian writers will offer a meditation upon a poem and a song that inspires them during Lent.
If you would like to read a daily reflection during Lent and throughout the year, consider Jesuit Prayer, a ministry of the Jesuit provinces, Sacred Space, a ministry of the Irish Jesuits, and Pray As You Go, a ministry of the Jesuits of Britain.
From Ashes to Glory is a way of praying the Examen through Lent. Lunchtime Examen is a six-session series to review your day in the presence of God.
Here are several Lenten video reflections, including Almsgiving and Joy during Lent by Fr. Jim Martin, Do a Little Life Laundry in Lent by Fr. Paul Brian Campbell, Fasting and Abstinence During Lent by Fr. Richard Leonard, and Having a Friendship with God this Lent by Fr. William Barry.
Would you like to fast from buying? Ignatian Solidarity Network is sponsoring No-Buy Lent 2023 in order to make space for the sacred and to give the planet a rest.
Would you like to pray for migrants? Consider joining in with Jesuit Refugee Services USA’s 40 Prayers for 40 Days: A Lenten Prayer Guide to pray for migrants and refugees around the world.
Would you like to pray the Stations of the Cross? Pray with Jesuit Refugee Services’ Stations of the Cross to accompany Jesus on his journey and watch and pray over displaced people around the world. The Way of the Cross features reflections being read aloud by the Jesuits of the Midwest Province.
Ignatian Spirituality is sponsoring a host of offerings that may be found here, including Forgive Everyone Everything, by Fr. Greg Boyle, S.J., a Lenten read-along with Loyola Press, The Ignatian Prayer Adventure, an adaptive version of the Spiritual Exercises, and a series of articles including Discernment in Making Lenten Plans, Where Have We Not Yet Surrendered our Lives to God, and A Patient Lent.
Loyola Press also has a host of offerings for Lent that may be found here, including Living Lent Daily, Online prayers and retreats, Arts and Faith for Lent, Perspectives on Lent, Seven last words, and more.
The Office of Ignatian Spirituality, a ministry of the USA East Province of Jesuits, is offering Lenten Audio Reflections that will be emailed to you. Also available are the Ignatian Guide to Lent reflections.
Elaine Ireland, IVC Baltimore Spiritual Director, offers Provisions for the Journey to Jerusalem, which are daily Scripture reflections.
Kate Bowler offers Bless the Lent We Actually Have, 40 days to read, reflect and bless our imperfect lives.
USCCB offers a series of reflections and readings on the page What is Lent?
Creighton University is offering a self-guided Lenten Online Retreat.