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“Lent is a call to renew a commitment grown dull, perhaps, by a lifetime of routine rather than reflection.”  - Joan Chittister,The Liturgical Year

It is easy to get caught up in the busy-ness of life. So much gets placed on our schedules and weighs on our hearts and minds that it is easy to go on auto-pilot just to get through the day. Yet, Lent affords us a time to intentionally slow our pace and reflect. We encourage you to carve out space each day to reflect on your life and your relationship with Jesus. Take baby steps if reflection and contemplation are new to you. Even a simple 5 minute break from your routine is a great start.And if you need tracks to run on then you can begin by using St. Ignatius’ 5 steps of the Prayer of Examen as a guide (see below):
Step 1: Gratitude
I note the gifts that God has given me and I give thanks for them.
Step 2: Petition
I ask God for an insight and strength so that my prayer is a work of grace, fruitful beyond my human capacity alone.
Step 3: Re…

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