Lenten meditations and resources

I recently received a request for Lenten Meditations for Youth. Here is a list of ideas:

Lent Art & Meditation series: http://goo.gl/PnA2ZV
This link is for a google doc with an outline of class sessions, contact Kim Snodgrass for more information at diowemoyouth@gmail.com.

Videos for Your Soul: http://www.videosforyoursoul.com/
A new, inspirational video each of the 40 days of Lent with Gospel reflections on Mondays, you can subscribe and have them e-mailed to you…then have your youth pick out their favorite each week to talk about during Sunday school or youth group.

Pray as you Go: http://www.pray-as-you-go.org/home/
These reflections provide you with an opportunity to encounter Jesus in a personal, unique way. Saint Ignatius believed that God could speak to us just as clearly in our imagination as through our thoughts and our memories. In his Spiritual Exercises he writes of contemplation as a very active way of engaging your feelings, emotions, and senses to place yourself in the scene described.

Story Corp: http://www.youtube.com/user/storycorps
StoryCorps is an independent nonprofit whose mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of our lives. Videos could be a great discussion starter for youth groups and Sunday School classes.

For discussion on the items above from youth ministers in our province, check out the Lent discussion on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=maje9P5FPIU&feature=share

Additional Resources:

Journey to the Cross: http://www.d365.org/
Site has year-round devotions with special offerings during Advent, Lent, and at the start of the school year

40 Days of Lent: Lent is Not Rocket Science: An Exploration of God, Creation and the Cosmos by W. Nicholas Knisely. Astronomer, physicist and Episcopal Bishop W. Nicholas Knisely explores the intersection of faith and science, creation and the cosmos. Published jointly by Forward Movement and Morehouse. http://www.forwardmovement.org/Products/2146/lent-is-not-rocket-science.aspx

Episcopal Relief & Development’s Daily Lenten meditations: individuals wishing to receive daily email devotionals can sign up online on this site: http://www.episcopalrelief.org/church-in-action/church-campaigns/lent, there is a link to the e-mail sign-up on the far right.

The Society of St. John the Evangelist offers daily videos that can be emailed to users inbox, all with the theme “Love Life.” An accompanying workbook can be downloaded free as a PDF or can be purchased in booklet form from Forward Movement. More information is on the SSJE website, http://ssje.org/ssje/lovelife/.

Lent Madness returns this year, offering a daily look at the lives of saints in what is referred to as a “saintly smack-down.” The bracket-style learning opportunity is based on college basketball’s March Madness. There’s a variety of information provided for each saint, and the winner is awarded the coveted golden halo. http://www.lentmadness.org/

I hope this helps as you prepare for this solemn season (which starts March 5th, in case you’re wondering).

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