Ideas for Lenten Practices

For many years this site, “Sacred Space,” a ministry of the Irish Jesuits, has been one of my preferred sites for contemplation and prayer. Well, really the only one. Its simplicity and Ignatian orientation draw me back time and again, though Lent is usually when I return most faithfully. The opening welcome is aimed at keyboard slaves like many of us:

We invite you to make a ‘Sacred Space’ in your day, and spend ten minutes, praying here and now, as you sit at your computer, with the help of on-screen guidance and scripture chosen specially every day.

If you don’t know it already, or if you haven’t been there in a while, check it out this Lenten season.

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Jenifer Tener

posted February 27, 2009 at 12:07 pm

In the grey space of contemplation it is nice to have support.

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posted March 1, 2009 at 7:04 pm

I am a 54 year old mother of four sons.The oldest two have left the church for a more “fundamental-charismatic” form of worship.I have no one to talk to about this, as it is quite disturbing for me. Their father and I were divorced over ten years ago and I thought I did my best to continue to raise them in our faith. My youngest two sons continue to practice their faith.
I am grateful that the “olders” are going to church(and not bars,drugs,and carousing’around)However, I wonder where or how I screwed up. My prayer for them is that they find “truth” for themselves and hopefully someday back to our Catholic faith.
They are what society would consider very good, wonderful young men. Do I need to just let this go, and trust in the process of “finding one-self”, and turning it over to God and letting go?
Lent has always been such a defining season for me;that of really examining life and my faith. Please someone help me here, because I am really struggling. Thanks.

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Iris Alantiel

posted March 1, 2009 at 7:57 pm

Mary, it’s very common for young people around the age I assume your “olders” have reached to experiment with other religions or denominations. I did it as a university student, and I know I’m not alone. When I came back to Catholicism, it was with a more mature and thoughtful faith because I had experienced life outside the Church. Sometimes that’s God’s way of teaching us cradle Catholics to value what we have. Just keep praying for your boys, that God will help them find where He wants them to be. And be patient – sometimes He moves slower than we’d like, but it’s for a reason.

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