It’s time to see Lent as a blessing rather than a burden.
For many of us, Lent is all about what we give up – television, chocolate, alcohol… The period from Ash Wednesday to Easter becomes an endurance test, a struggle between what we believe we should do and what we actually want to do. But when the only focus is on depriving ourselves of something, we can actually deprive ourselves of the true gift of Lent – it is a time for us to grow prayerfully, personally, and powerfully in our relationship with God.
Incorporating many of the principles of Ignatian spirituality, Praying Lent provides us with a rich, full, and transformative Lenten experience, one in which hearts, minds, and lives are truly renewed so that we may love God more deeply and, in turn, serve the world more fervently.
About the Authors
Andy Alexander SJ has spent many years of his priesthood in pastoral and ministry work. He served as a pastor for eight years in Milwaukee before coming to Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, where he is the vice president for University Ministry.
Maureen McCann Waldron graduated from Creighton University with a degree in journalism, then spent twenty-two years in corporate public relations. After receiving her master’s degree in Christian spirituality from Creighton, she joined Fr Andy in Creighton’s Collaborative Ministry Office.
Originally published by Loyola Press (Chicago) with Creighton University’s Online Ministries