So, What Are You Doing for Lent?

Catechists typically practice what they preach and, this time of the year, we are preaching Lent to our students. That leads me to ask, WHAT ARE YOU DOING THIS LENT?  What is your spiritual plan for growth? How are you practicing the Lenten disciplines? Let’s take the next couple of days to just share our thoughts, insights, and experiences around this question.

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Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press, where, in addition to his traveling/speaking responsibilities, he works on the development team for faith formation curriculum resources including Finding God: Our Response to God’s Gifts and God’s Gift: Reconciliation and Eucharist. Joe has more than 35 years of experience in ministry and has presented keynotes, presentations, and workshops in more than 100 dioceses in North America. Joe is a frequent presenter at national conferences including the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the Mid-Atlantic Congress, and the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. He is the author of numerous books, including the best seller The Catechist’s Toolbox, A Church on the Move, Under the Influence of Jesus, and Called to Be Catholic—a bilingual, foundational supplemental program that helps young people know their faith and grow in their relationship with God. Joe is also the series editor for the Effective Catechetical Leader and blogs about his experiences in faith formation at


  1. There is a web site from the Irish Jesuits call “Sacred Space” They provide guided reflections on the daily readings that only take about 10 minutes. Since I’m on the computer quite a bit during the day, it’s actually pretty easy to do this quick Ignatian spiritual exercise.
    Here is the address:

  2. I started this Lent with a retreat weekend. I have decided that this Lent, I will let God be the director…to keep myself open to where He leads and to listen for His words in my classroom. I learn alot from my students. Next week I am challenging them to a discussion: “Lent is the Spring Training of the Soul.”

  3. Mary, I’m glad you were able to begin Lent with a retreat. How appropriate. I hope you and your students have a good spring training!

  4. I, too, am dedicating myself to prayer this Lent. My 6 yo and I are learning to say the Rosary together, and I’m also saying prayers and different intervals during the day. It’s a great way to center yourself.

    As a family we are using this daily calender to do and discuss (it was posted at a website once 😉 )

    The webiste Lauretta posted looks interesting, too. Thanks for that 🙂


  5. Ali, learning the Rosary is a good Lenten practice. The mysteries of the Rosary help us to reflect on the life of Jesus and Mary and how we can become more faithful followers of Jesus. My best to you and your 6 yo!

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