Every year many of us come to Ash Wednesday wondering what we will give up or take on as our Lenten discipline. As you discern how you will enter into this season of penitence and fasting I encourage you to consider taking something on or giving something up that feeds your soul and draws you closer to the Divine presence in your life. I have collected a few online resources that can be used to guide you in your Lenten journey. Check them out, see how these might assist you or your family as you seek to use this season of penitence and fasting to ignite the light of Christ in your life.
5 Marks of Love - Society of Saint John the Evangel
“This six-week series (beginning Sunday, February 26) provides the opportunity to observe and to reflect on the ways in which the Divine Life expresses itself in and through us; individually and in our faith communities, as well as in the world around us. Each week we will explore the Anglican Marks of Mission (Tell, Teach, Tend, Transform and Treasure) through videos, questions and exercises so we can speak more clearly and act truthfully, motivated always by hearts marked by God’s love.
The Brothers of SSJE will draw on their own monastic spirituality to help us balance action with contemplation, so that our words and deeds proceed from the deepest places of our hearts, where God dwells. The resource encourages us to reflect on how we should live, not what we should do.”
Join here: http://ssje.org/ssje/5marksoflove/
A Season of Prayer: 40 Days in the Desert - Forward Movement
“Exile, hospitality, and migration are recurrent themes in the Bible and throughout the history of the church. Starting on Ash Wednesday, and continuing through Lent, Forward Movement invites you to a season of prayer. Each day we will offer you a prayer from The Book of Common Prayer or a passage from the Bible. As we grapple with these issues as Christians, we invite you to make these prayers and scriptural passages part of your Lenten devotions. May they help guide your Lenten journey and help us find in Christ our Promised Land.”
Join by following Forward Movement on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fwdmvt/
Lent Madness - The Rev. Tim Schenck & The Rev. Canon Scott Gunn
“A fun and engaging way for people to learn about the men and women comprising the Church’s Calendar of Saints. The format is straightforward: 32 saints are placed into a tournament-like single elimination bracket… The first round consists of basic biographical information about each of the 32 saints. Things get a bit more interesting in the subsequent rounds as we offer quotes and quirks, explore legends, and even move into the area of saintly kitsch.” This is a great Lenten practice that involves fun, competition, and learning about the mystics who helped found many of our contemplative traditions.
Join by following Lent Madness on Facebook or on their website: https://www.facebook.com/lentmadness/