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God loves me as I am, no matter what.

We invite you to use this fundamental truth of the Spiritual Exercises as the basis of your prayer this Lent. Gretchen Crowder –  campus minister, retreat director and spiritual writer – will share weekly reflections on this page each Sunday during Lent to help you lean into your own belovedness.

Begin to prepare for Lent by reading Gretchen’s reflections and suggestions here. Or download and save it. Then return to this page each Sunday for new inspiration. 

The First Sunday of Lent – Are we really free? 

In this reflection, Gretchen expands on her theme of God’s magnanimous love and offers an Examen based on the First Principle and Foundation of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. Read it here

Additional Resources

Find more Ignatian inspiration for your Lenten prayer and reflection from the Jesuit resources below.

  • An Acceptable Time Online Retreat with Fr. Hung Pham, SJ, from the province’s Office of Ignatian Spirituality, and Steve Givens of the Bridges Foundation. This online evening retreat, February 25-29, will revisit the traditional Lenten practices of prayer, fasting and almsgiving through an Ignatian lens. Register here
  • Travel with St. Ignatius in the Jesuit Pilgrimage App from the Society of Jesus. Through maps, 360-degree photographs, audio and text meditations, users can visit each of the transformational stops on Ignatius’ journey.
  • Subscribe to Traveling the Landscape of Lent, a digital pilgrimage with the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States. Sign up to receive retreat modules via e-mail every Monday of Lent.
  • Explore how to listen for God’s voice through Living Lent Daily, an e-mail series inspired by God’s Voice Within by Mark E. Thibodeaux, SJ. Each day you’ll receive a message with an excerpt from the book, a prayer experience, or a reflection on discernment and decision-making.  
  • Find Beauty in the Desert through a series of reflections from the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States. Diverse authors use poetry and song to find beauty and hope during an often gloomy season. 
  • From Ashes to Glory invites you to take up the practice of reflecting on your day, its gifts and graces, and the progress you are making in life with Christ. Pray with the Examen through Lent using materials by Joseph Tetlow, SJ.
  • Join the Ignatian Solidarity Network for Refresh, daily written audio reflections throughout Lent, or Finding God in the Chaos, a Lenten podcast. How are we being refreshed and consoled in our lives, in our Church, and in our work for justice?