More Christians are embracing Lent as an opportunity for spiritual renewal.
In a time of increased apathy and busyness, Christians are turning to this ancient spiritual season and embracing rites of self-denial, prayer, and repentance. Historically, liturgical Christians have long observed the six weeks before Easter as a time set apart for reflection, fasting, and seeking forgiveness, but in recent years Lent has become an important season of the Christian calendar for believers of all kinds. Here we offer a variety of rich resources to inform and support your Lenten devotion.
Recent Perspectives on Lent
Does anyone remember this little book, Why Am I Afraid to Tell You Who I Am?, by John Powell, SJ?
To my surprise this book is so much more than I was expecting. At only a couple of dollars, it is worth every penny.
Do you ever feel like a crabby mystic caught between nature and grace? There is who we are and who we know God is calling us to be.
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
We're supposed to pray more in Lent. So pray more why dontcha? Here are some ideas for kickstarting your Lenten Prayer life.
Deacon Greg Kandra
Lent is about stripping away, not adding on.
Kathryn Jean Lopez
How about a #StationsoftheCross challenge for #Lent2015: Let's get it trending.
I have only in the past few years discovered the allure of the liturgical season, and I dabble in the traditions as my whims dictate.
I need to realize my weakness and then seek out my heavenly Father so that I can tell him I'm "all mixed up inside."
There is no greater materialist than a Christian observing Lent. You hear words like, "Remember you are dust, and to dust you shall return."
Kathryn J. Hermes
Darkness has this interesting characteristic that it can become unexplainedly "fascinating" the more we hear about it.
More Resources for Lent
A church without the great traditions of the faith is like a church with amnesia.
The first in a weekly series of meditations on the cross during Lent by Church History Professor Kelly Pigott.
Roger E. Olson
If the shoes don't fit, don't wear them.
Christine Valters Paintner
How fasting from distraction this Lent can make you conscious of the ways you avoid yourself.
The best way to cast out into the depths of this season is to learn to pray.
Whether it is giving up an old bad habit or taking on a new holy habit, may we use this Lenten season to do something that empties us of ourselves so that our lives make better music.
Adding something good to your life during Lent—say, reading the gospels—may mean giving up stuff that you need to give up anyway.
Lent helps me lay aside my sin management program and allow God to be God for me.
It occurs to me that I've spent my whole life looking incorrectly at the sacrifices and disciplines of Lent.
Mark D. Roberts
Growing up as an evangelical Christian, I experienced Lent as little more than a joke. It never occurred to me that it might help me get to know God better.