Ways to Increase Your Personal Prayer During Lent
The following are suggestions of elements that you could add to your daily prayer life to help you grow in holiness this Lent:
Participate in the Catholic School of Evangelization's Virtual Lenten Retreat
The Catholic School of Evangelization in St. Malo, MB has prepared a free virtual retreat that you can follow from the comfort of your own home this Lent. There is a new post every day with an opening prayer, one of the day's readings, a short reflection, some questions for you to ponder, and a closing prayer. These daily reflections are prepared by different members of our Catholic community. Click here to access this retreat.
Pray the Examen Daily
The Examen comes to us from St. Ignatius of Loyola and is the practice of setting aside time, usually at the end of the day, to enter into God's presence and to reflect on our day with Him. Though there are a few variations of the Examen, it typically consists of five steps which include putting yourself in the presence of God, reflecting on the blessings of the day, recognizing the emotions of the day, asking for forgiveness for parts of your day where you could have done better, and preparing for the following day. Click here to learn more about the Examen and how to pray it. You could also download the Reimagining the Examen app from Loyola Press that walks you through a daily examen focussed on different themes each day.
Start A Gratitude Practice
Consider beginning or ending your day by setting aside a little bit of time to recognize the blessings of the last 24 hours. Try to focus on the little joys of your day and thank God for all the ways He's blessed you. You may even choose to keep a gratitude journal or write them in your phone so you can look back at past blessings at times when it may be harder for you to see the days' blessings.
Read the Daily Readings
This could also be a great opportunity for you to set aside some time each day to read the day's readings and reflect on what God is revealing to you through these readings. If a specific verse or two really stand out to you while you're reading, you could stop and reread it, inviting God to speak to you through that passage. You could even listen to a recording of a priest's homily each day or find daily reflections on the readings to gain insight from others as well.
Pray the Litany of Humility
I think we can probably agree that humility is definitely a trait that the saints seem to have in common. Consider praying a daily Litany of Humility to help you grow in holiness this Lent. Some of the lines might stick out to you more than others; this may be an indication of the aspects you could reflect further on or that you struggle with most. Click here for the Litany of Humility.
Pray the Litany of Trust
We probably all have areas in our lives where we struggle to place our full trust in God. It may be helpful to start your day with a Litany of Trust and handing all your fears, stress, and anxiety over to God. If there are particular lines that stand out to you, you could spend a few minutes reflecting on them and surrendering them to God. Click here for the Litany of Trust.