Is your life working?

Most of us are trying to put together the jigsaw puzzle we call life without a very important piece. Over time this becomes incredibly frustrating.

Lent is an invitation to rediscover that we cannot live the life we have imagined, or experience the joy we yearn for, unless we learn to tend the soul.

Are you taking care of your soul? Are you feeding and nurturing it? Or are you ignoring and neglecting it? The reality is that most people have never really been taught how to tend their souls.

Below you’ll find a series of Lenten Prayers that will help you develop the habit of daily prayer, refocus your life on what matters most, and deepen your relationship with God.


Lenten Prayers:

The Stations of the Cross
Ash Wednesday Prayer
Prayer for Lenten Sundays
Rosary
7 Sorrows Rosary
Popular Litanies
Morning Prayer
Evening Prayer
Adoration
Lenten Prayer for Good Friday
Lenten Prayer for Holy Saturday
Lenten Prayer for Easter

The Stations of the Cross

Do you ever wonder what it was really like to be at the Passion of Jesus?

The Stations of the Cross is one of the most simple, yet powerful, ways to prayerfully walk alongside Jesus on his way to Calvary, and encounter him like never before.

There are fourteen Stations of the Cross. Each is an invitation to contemplate and experience a pivotal moment from Jesus’ sentencing to his death and burial. They are a powerful way to step into some of the most significant moments in human history and encounter Jesus like never before. One of the most impactful times to pray the Stations of the Cross is during Holy Week, especially on Good Friday.

For over 1000 years, Catholics have been devoted to praying the Stations of the Cross. And for over 1000 years, this deep spiritual exercise has been transforming lives. Dive into this ancient and powerful meditation on the sacrifice of Jesus and it will change your life too.

Read more about the Stations of the Cross.

Lenten Prayer for Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday is not only the first day of the Lenten season, it’s also a powerful invitation to repent and make yourself 100% available to God. How available to God are you? 50%? 75%? 96.4%? No matter what your answer, Ash Wednesday is a beautiful opportunity to decide that you will spend this Lent increasing that number.

This simple Ash Wednesday prayer will invite you to make yourself more fully available to God and all the wonderful ways he wants to collaborate with you during the Lenten Season:

God of goodness and mercy,

Hear my prayer as I begin this Lenten journey with you. Let me be honest with myself as I look into my heart and soul, noticing the times I turn away from you. Guide me as I humbly seek to repent and return to your love. May humility guide my efforts to be reconciled with you and live forever in your abundant grace. Transform me this Lent, heavenly Father. Give me the strength to make myself 100% available to you every day as I prepare for Easter.

Amen.

Lenten Prayer for Sundays

4,160. That’s how many Sundays most people get in a lifetime. And, so often, we waste them. Why? Because we’re busy or unintentional or more concerned with what the culture says than what God says. But Sundays, especially Sundays during Lent, are too good to be wasted. Take just a few moments in prayer each Sunday of Lent, and you’ll be one step closer to who God is calling you to be:

Heavenly Father,

As I enter another week of my Lenten journey, guide me to the path that leads to you. Fill my heart with gratitude, patience, strength, and peace as I strive to become the-best-version-of-myself. Let me hear your voice in the deepest reaches of my heart. Give me rest in you. Help me to accept others, showing them your great love instead of casting judgment. Stay with me through the busy days this week and remind me that when I need comfort, solitude, wisdom, or guidance, I can always turn to you.

Amen.

The Rosary

We live in a hectic world. But God wants to put things in order. Lent is a special season to rededicate our lives to God, to invite him into the hectic parts of our soul, and to give him permission to put it all in order.

One of the most powerful ways to accomplish this is by praying the Rosary.

The Rosary is a meditative prayer that honors Mary and asks for her intercession. When we pray the Rosary, we reflect on five sets of mysteries from the Gospel: the Joyful Mysteries, the Glorious Mysteries, the Sorrowful Mysteries, and the Luminous Mysteries.

You can pray the Rosary for a special intention. You can pray the Rosary to grow into a better person, employee, neighbor, citizen, and member of the human family. You can pray the Rosary to deepen your love and understanding of the Gospels. And it only takes about 20 minutes of your time!

The Rosary works. It’s a very powerful way to pray. There is just something about it that settles our hearts and minds. It puts everything in perspective and allows us to see things as they really are. It reaches deep down into our souls and puts us at ease, creating a peace that is rare and beautiful.

But don’t take our word for it. Try it yourself. Develop a habit of praying the Rosary, and discover the treasures of this powerful, ancient prayer. Click here and learn how to pray the Rosary during Lent and beyond!

The 7 Sorrows Rosary

When in your life have you experienced true sorrow?

God often does his greatest work in the midst of our greatest sorrows. It is when our hearts are broken that God does some of his best work. It’s true for each of us. And that was true for Mary, too.

Mary knew from the very beginning that being Jesus’ mom wouldn’t be easy. It would mean that she had enemies. It would mean that she would watch her son die. It would mean a life of sorrow.

There were seven intense moments of suffering in Mary’s life. The Seven Sorrows Rosary is a powerful way to reflect on the incredible work God did through Mary’s suffering—and can work through your suffering too.

Rather than reflecting on the typical five mysteries of the Rosary, the Seven Sorrows Rosary invites you to pray seven decades dedicated to the seven most impactful moments of suffering in Mary’s life:

  1. The Prophecy of Simeon
  2. The Flight into Egypt
  3. The Loss of Jesus in the Temple
  4. Mary Meets Jesus on the Way to Calvary
  5. Mary Stands at the Foot of the Cross
  6. Mary Receives the Dead Body of Jesus
  7. The Body of Jesus is Placed in the Tomb

By reflecting on these moments in Mary’s life, she will teach us to prayerfully endure the struggles in our own lives and to comfort others when they suffer. Whether you’ve prayed the Seven Sorrows Rosary before or not, Lent is the perfect time to get started.


The word litany comes from the Greek word for petition. A litany is a list of prayers, usually said for a special intention.

Each line of a litany begins with a petition and is followed by a repetitive response like “pray for us.” You can pray a litany any time, but they are also a great way to pray as a group, with one individual leading each petition and the others saying the response.

The Litany of Humility and the Litany of Trust are two great litanies to incorporate during the Lenten season. Choose one to pray daily or weekly and watch it transform your life!

The Litany of Humility

Humility is essential to spiritual flourishing, and yet, it is one of the most misunderstood virtues. People sometimes think that humility means you are weak and think poorly of yourself. But that’s not true. C.S. Lewis observed: “Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it's thinking of yourself less.”

Humility is truth. It is false to devalue yourself or your talents. That isn’t humility. Humility is acknowledging the source of your talents. God is the giver of all gifts, the origin of all our talents and abilities, and the source of all goodness and every blessing. You can have exceptional abilities and be humble, you can be an exceptional human being and possess deep humility.

Jesus invites us to a life of humility because he is supremely interested in our happiness. Only a humble soul can be led. It takes real humility to quiet our desires, and all the distractions of the world, and listen to the voice of the Spirit. And it takes humility to follow wherever that voice leads.

If you want to grow in Humility this Lent, one of the most powerful ways is to pray the Litany of Humility:

O Jesus! meek and humble of heart, Hear me.

From the desire of being esteemed, Deliver me, Jesus.

From the desire of being loved, Deliver me, Jesus.

From the desire of being extolled, Deliver me, Jesus.

From the desire of being honored, Deliver me, Jesus.

From the desire of being praised, Deliver me, Jesus.

From the desire of being preferred to others, Deliver me, Jesus.

From the desire of being consulted, Deliver me, Jesus.

From the desire of being approved, Deliver me, Jesus.

From the fear of being humiliated, Deliver me, Jesus.

From the fear of being despised, Deliver me, Jesus.

From the fear of suffering rebukes, Deliver me, Jesus.

From the fear of being calumniated, Deliver me, Jesus.

From the fear of being forgotten, Deliver me, Jesus.

From the fear of being ridiculed, Deliver me, Jesus.

From the fear of being wronged, Deliver me, Jesus.

From the fear of being suspected, Deliver me, Jesus.

That others may be loved more than I, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

That others may be esteemed more than I, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

That, in the opinion of the world, others may increase and I may decrease, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

That others may be chosen and I set aside, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

That others may be praised and I unnoticed, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

That others may be preferred to me in everything, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

That others may become holier than I, provided that I may become as holy as I should, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

Amen.


The Litany of Trust

Most people spend a lot of time worrying. We are anxious about so many things. When you are anxious or worried, observe yourself, do you pray? If not, why not? Trusting God is the antidote for worry and anxiety. Prayer is a simple expression of trusting God. Turn your worry into prayer with the simple but powerful prayer: The Litany of Trust:

From the belief that I have to earn Your love, Deliver me, Jesus.

From the fear that I am unlovable, Deliver me, Jesus.

From the false security that I have what it takes, Deliver me, Jesus.

From the fear that trusting you will leave me more destitute, Deliver me, Jesus.

From all suspicion of your words and promises, Deliver me, Jesus.

From the rebellion against childlike dependency on You, Deliver me, Jesus.

From refusals and reluctances in accepting Your will, Deliver me, Jesus.

From anxiety about the future, Deliver me, Jesus.

From resentment or excessive preoccupation with the past, Deliver me, Jesus.

From restless self-seeking in the present moment, Deliver me, Jesus.

From disbelief in Your love and presence, Deliver me, Jesus.

From the fear of being asked to give more than I have, Deliver me, Jesus.

From the belief that my life has no meaning or worth, Deliver me, Jesus.

From the fear of what love demands, Deliver me, Jesus.

From discouragement, Deliver me, Jesus.

That You are continually holding me, sustaining me, loving me, Jesus, I trust in You.

That Your love goes deeper than my sins and failings and transforms me, Jesus, I trust in You.

That not knowing what tomorrow brings is an invitation to lean on You, Jesus, I trust in You.

That You are with me in my suffering, Jesus, I trust in You.

That my suffering, united to Your own, will bear fruit in this life and the next, Jesus, I trust in You.

That You will not leave me orphan, that You are present in Your Church, Jesus, I trust in You.

That Your plan is better than anything else, Jesus, I trust in You.

That You always hear me and in Your goodness always respond to me, Jesus, I trust in You.

That You give me the grace to accept forgiveness and to forgive others, Jesus, I trust in You.

That You give me all the strength I need for what is asked, Jesus, I trust in You.

That my life is a gift, Jesus, I trust in You.

That You will teach me to trust You, Jesus, I trust in You.

That You are my Lord and my God, Jesus, I trust in You.

That I am Your beloved one, Jesus, I trust in You.

Amen.


Morning Prayer

How do your best days begin? Most people don’t know. They have a hunch, but they have simply never thought enough about it or experimented with it. If you begin each day with morning prayer, you will discover this changes the way you enter into and experience your daily life.

Over time you will become more aware of how praying (or not praying) impacts you, your life, your relationships, your work, your health, your decisions, and every aspect of every day.

How do your best days begin? This Lent, try starting with a simple morning prayer and observe how it impacts the rest of your day!

Heavenly Father,

I offer you the day ahead of me: all of my hopes, fears, conversations, struggles, and blessings.

Help me to make myself 100% available to you. Give me the grace to say yes to you in the big things and in the small things of the day. Open my eyes to see the needs of the people around me, the people I will come across in my family, in my work, and in every small interaction. And give me the wisdom to seek you and your dream for my life in every small moment of this day.

Amen.

Evening Prayer

There is a moment at the end of each day, when we lay our head on our pillows. Our bodies are tired, our minds relax, and our egos let go. It is a solitary moment. If we listen carefully in that moment, we will discover where we stand. Where we stand with God, where we stand with those we love, and where we stand with our truest self.

No matter what kind of day you just had, spending a few moments with God in evening prayer is a wonderful way to end every single day during Lent…and for the rest of your life!

Heavenly Father,

The evening has come and the day is done. Let your peace wash over me and the people I love. Wipe away my troubles. Cleanse me of worry and doubt. Give deep and peaceful rest to my heart, mind, and soul, so I may rise in the morning ready to love you and all those who cross my path.

Amen.

Adoration

Have you ever been to Adoration?

Adoration is a special way to pray to Jesus in the Eucharist. During Adoration, a priest will place the Eucharist in a monstrance—a beautiful vessel that holds the Host. It is a beautiful opportunity to step away from our noisy, busy lives and simply be with Jesus.

Many people encounter Jesus for the first time in their lives in Adoration. This is where they have their first deeply personal experience of Jesus. They may have heard about Jesus their whole lives, they may have been receiving Jesus in the Eucharist every Sunday, but there is something about the experience of Jesus in Adoration that leads people to know Him. This shift from knowing about Jesus to knowing Jesus changes everything.

And once they are awakened in this way, the Holy Spirit leads them to live their faith and participate in all types of ministries. Imagine what might happen if you made an effort to spend time in Adoration this Lent?

Give yourself the chance to spend time in the presence of Jesus and your life will be transformed. It’s simple. It’s beautiful. And it works.

Many parishes have adoration once a month, once a week, or even every day. Check the bulletin of your local parish or search for Perpetual Adoration Chapels near you!

Lenten Prayer for Good Friday

What was Jesus hoping to achieve by dying on a cross? What gave him courage and perseverance to go through with it? There are many answers, but consider this: He hoped his life and death would change what people placed at the center of their lives. What’s at the center of your life? Money, food, drugs, shopping, image, ego, social media, your phone—or the love of God?

This Good Friday, let the death of Jesus rearrange your priorities like never before. Start by taking some time in prayer, reflecting on how he might be inviting you to bring him more fully into the center of your life:

Jesus,

You give and take according to our needs and your wisdom. On this dark day you laid down your life to give us all a fresh start, a new beginning, and a never-ending stream of marvelous grace and beautiful mercy.

Give us the wisdom, Jesus, to use the minds you gave us to think for ourselves; teach us to develop and listen to our conscience; fill us with courage to stand up for justice and do exactly what you are calling us to do.

When we suffer ourselves, help us to offer that suffering to you. Teach us to carry our cross, remind us to go to you with our pain, and re-energize us with hope when we are ready to give up.

Jesus, today on Good Friday, we pray for anyone who is suffering physically. We ask you to fill them with the rare grace necessary to see and experience suffering as a way to get closer to you. We pray for all those we have wronged in our lives, and for those who have wronged us. We also pray in a special way for everyone who will die today. Hold them in their transition from this life to the next, and comfort their loved ones as you comforted and consoled so many people while you walked on the earth.

Amen.

Lenten Prayer for Holy Saturday

The most dominant emotion in our modern society is fear. We are afraid of losing the things we have worked hard to buy, afraid of rejection and failure, afraid of certain types of people, afraid of criticism, of suffering and heartache, of change, afraid to tell people how we really feel.

What was the dominant emotion of Jesus’ followers on Holy Saturday? Fear. Fear that they had been misled. Fear that God didn’t have a plan. Fear that God had forgotten them.

We all have fears, too. And sometimes, we let those fears paralyze us.

Today, on Holy Saturday, take a few moments to reflect on the fears that are stopping you from living your dreams, the fears that are making it hard for you to trust fully in God, and pray for the courage to overcome those fears:

Jesus,

You are courage incarnate. As you hung on the cross for my sins and the sins of the world, you showed me that all things are possible. You knew that life did not end on the cross. It was only the beginning of a new and glorious eternal life.

Jesus, there are areas of my life that make me feel stuck. There are areas of my life I feel like you have forgotten. There are things I have asked for for years, and it seems that you have no answer. I bring all of these things to you today, and I ask you to renew my trust that you have a plan for all of it.

Fill me with courage, Jesus. And give me strength to face all of the difficulties and uncertainties of this life with hope in your wonderful dream for my life.

Amen.

Lenten Prayer for Easter

What is it in your life that needs to be resurrected this Easter? Perhaps it’s a relationship, maybe it’s your personal finances, perhaps it’s your health, or maybe it’s your career or spirituality. Bring it all to Jesus in prayer on Easter and you’ll be amazed at how he fills you with new life!

Jesus,

Unleash the power of the Resurrection in my life today. Resurrect the area of my life that needs it today. Help me to stop resisting your grace, stay out of your way, and let you work in me and through me in whatever ways you want.

Jesus, you have conquered death and hatred with love. Teach me to do the same in some small way in my own life. Give me the courage to love when I feel rejected, ignored, unappreciated, forgotten, and taken for granted.

Thank you, Jesus. Thank you. I pray I never let a day pass without these words crossing my lips. Jesus, on this Easter we pray for all those who have lost faith in you, and for anyone who has never encountered you in a way that allowed them to embrace you.

May the power of your Resurrection reignite faith in my life, in the lives of all those I love, and in the lives of the entire Church.

Amen.



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