From the Water to the Cross: Journeying with Jesus through Lent
If you are looking to make the most out of Lent, go deeper in your faith, maybe try a little “spiritual cardio,” then you won’t want to miss this morning of scriptural reflection with the St. Joseph Educational Center’s Executive Director, Dr. Matt Halbach.
Dr. Halbach will explore the Sunday Gospel readings for Lent with an eye to how Jesus’ journey from baptism in the Jordan to the cross on Calvary, offers us a roadmap for our own spiritual journey through Lent. Themes that will be touched upon are embracing the Father’s love for us, the role of light and darkness in our lives; the role of the Spirit and the challenge to share God’s mercy with others; and, finally, suffering and surrender.
Date: Thursday, March 8
Time: 10:00 am to 1:30 pm (Lunch included)
Where: Parish Hall
RSVP to Barb Woods in the office
or at 515-210-6649
A Lent to Remember
This Lent gather a group of friends to study and share faith together. Or participate in a private retreat.
A Lent to Remember is a four-week, video-based study that uses Augustine Institute original productions Forgiven and Symbolon to present the power of God’s love and mercy in his Paschal Mystery and in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
This study is broken down into four weeks, each using a different episode from Forgiven or Symbolon, plus an optional episode for Children from Forgiven to be used with children, if possible. These episodes are packaged together in one study, available in English and Spanish, called A Lent to Remember.
Week One: Forgiven: Where Are You?
Week Two: Forgiven: An Encounter with Mercy
Week Three: Forgiven: Embraced in Mercy: The Rite Explained
Week Four: Symbolon: The Paschal Mystery
Bonus Episode: For Children: How to Make a Good Confession
Using the parish code Y6MP2H, sign in at formed,org
and get started. Other programs such as Forgiven and Wild Goose are also available for reflection. Either as individuals or a group.
Return to S.P.I.R.I.T.
Thinking about God is what Lent’s about. Lent doesn’t always mean forbidding ourselves some pleasure. It can be an opportunity to seek God’s presence.
1. Get outdoors
One of the simplest and most immediate ways to get a sense of God’s presence is to go outside and look for it.
2. Spend time with others
Find God in others. The needy themselves, according to Jesus, are God. “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me."
3. Pray for the little things
During Lent pray more often. It’s never wrong to pray about anything.
4. See the answers
Lent is a time to consciously acknowledge and appreciate life’s daily miracles. Prayer always draws us closer to God
5. Turn worry into prayer
Weave your worrying into prayers. Give it to Jesus.
This Lent find greater opportunities to bring the Divine into your daily lives.