The Latin phrase "lectio divina" means divine reading. It is a particular practice of prayerful meditative reading that the monastics developed in the early church. This is a great process for breaking open the Sunday Gospel at home by yourself or with your family.
Lectio Divina process for adults Spanish
Stations of the Cross video version English from American Bible Society
Stations of the Cross video version Spanish from American Bible Society
Prayer and Meditation along with fasting and almsgiving are considered the “big three” of Lenten practices. We focus on our relationship with God through prayer, our need for transformation through fasting and our connection to others, especially the poor and vulnerable through almsgiving.
Boost your daily prayer and meditation with one of these free online Catholic services:
Why fasting is one of the 3 pillars of Lent
Make some connections this Lent by giving to the poor and vulnerable
What if I haven’t done anything yet for Lent…is it too late to start?
No! It is never too late to want a closer relationship with God and that is what Lent is all about. A wise Bishop once said to an assembly of college students, “Often when we fail at something, we want to quit. Lent is like that for a lot of people. They try prayer, fasting and almsgiving but if they fail, they think it is over. But we need the courage to start again with our God who is always there waiting for us.
Consider watching one or more of these short videos to reconnect with Lent and/or your Lenten practice:
Presentations on mission to parish or diocesan groups, e.g., what is mission, and why is it important? These can be 45 minutes to two days in duration. For the longer programs, I can bring in people from our other offices.
Presentations on Catholic Social Teaching, usually about an hour long. I could also do one of these at an AFF Gathering.
Formation for parish groups going on short-term mission trips. These ideally consist of a four-hour session before the group embarks and a two-hour session after they return.
Forming Small Christian Communities
Small Community Leader Training
Evaluating Group Life
Lectionary-based Faith Sharing
Theme-based Faith Sharing
Catholic Social Teaching
Ecology, Environment, Stewardship of the Earth, Laudato Si’
Family Faith Sharing
Gifts of the Holy Spirit
Year of Mercy, Forgiveness, Reconciliation, Mercy, Justice
Associate Director, Adult Faith Formation