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By Gellért Merza
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Mar 22nd, 2017
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Ignatian Spirituality is one of the cornerstones of Jesuit Education, some might argue it is its whole foundation. Jesuit and Ignatian schools have their own rhythm of life, which includes many levels – academics, sports, extra-curricular activities and spirituality, which usually follows the rhythm of the liturgical year. Lent is a season for reflection, prayer and interiority. In our past blogs about Lent we focused on Practicing the Examen in Schools as a great Lenten and year-round practice. A recent blog focuses on the Closure of the day in the classroom project from Spain.

“Living Lent Daily” is a daily e-mail series delivering fresh reflections in your inbox based on the Scriptures of Lent. Each day’s message includes a quotation from the day’s Scripture readings and a brief reflection to spur meditation, prayer, and self-examination. The messages also include suggestions for further exploration of Lenten themes through additional online articles and prayers. This service from Loyola Press is based on A Book of Grace-Filled Days by Amy Andrews. The daily messages are delivered from Ash Wednesday through Easter Sunday. Living Lent Daily began on March 1, 2017.

The “Ignatian Prayer Adventure”, which is an adapted version of the Spiritual Exercises. Materials are modified from the longer retreat in The Ignatian Adventure by Kevin O’Brien, SJ.

Ignatian Prayer

“The eight-week schedule makes it perfectly timed as a Lent and Easter retreat, but the adventure can be started at any time, on your schedule. Join in a flexible experience of daily prayer and reflection. Choose to commit to a regular period of prayer each day, or start with only one day a week. Use as much or as little of the material as helps you in your Ignatian adventure.” See this and other wonderful resources on  www.ignatianspirituality.com that you might find useful as you journey through Lent.

A similar resource is an Online Holy Week Retreat from pinsoflight.net called Are you the One? (Praying in Disenchantment) running from 13th to 16th April 2017. All are welcome to join this experience.

Here’s a teaser trailer:

If you would like to share any Lenten resources or stories from your school, please send them to me at [email protected]. If you would simply like to share with other teachers around the world how you celebrate Lent in your school, please join this conversation here. Kalubi from the Congo is looking for inspiration from Jesuit schools in other parts of the world!


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