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Looking Toward Lent

By Ann Zlotnik

Lent is the perfect time to dig deeper into our faith by doing more, learning more, praying more and sacrificing more. Whether you are “giving up” a favorite staple or adding to your routine, planning ahead may help you remain committed for all 40 days. These resources from the Marian Library collections and the All About Mary website may inspire you and help you experience a more meaningful Lent.

Weekly meditations

Sister M. Jean Frisk, S.S.M., provides these meditations based on Sunday liturgies, the five votive Masses in honor of Mary during Lent, sacred Scripture and devotional traditions that have evolved over the centuries. 

Colorful contemplation

Coloring pages of religious images can prompt contemplative prayer. Sister Marion C. Honors, C.S.J., created these pen-and-ink drawings of the Way of the Cross, and they translate well to prayerful coloring. Read more in “Coloring as Contemplative Prayer.”

Poetic reflections

Do you enjoy poetry? If so, these two sections of Marian poetry were compiled under the direction of Father Johann Roten, S.M., and are available on the All About Mary website. The suggestions for the Lenten season are the Lenten Poetry and Passion Poetry compilations.

Polish Way of the Cross

Prayerfully follow the Way of the Cross with expressionist artist H.A.P. Grieshaber’s woodcuts. Roten provides roots, representation and identification for each station.

Rosary imagery

Imagery featured in this gallery, from various Marian Library collections, depicts the Sorrowful Mysteries of the rosary. They can be useful for reflection or while praying the rosary.

— Ann Zlotnik designs print, digital and exhibit materials across University Libraries while managing marketing, communication and websites specific to the Marian Library.

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