As many readers know, my site has long provided free resources for personal and group use during Lent. This is a service to those who want to respond not only to Jesus’ suffering and death, but also to the unnecessary suffering and death within creation, where God lives and acts, and where we are intrinsically united with the whole.
These aids supplement Christians’ focus on Scripture and provide help to those concerned about the state of Earth, our common home. They follow the Scripture readings from the current liturgical season, taking cues from those readings as to which aspects of creation to highlight.
Two resources are available for Lent 2019. One is
This resource is intended to help individuals and groups deepen their appreciation of the precious and sacred gifts of fertile dirt, seeds, crops; trees, current threats to them; and how we can respond in faith. It includes suggestions for music and media.
In addition to the Soil resource, my Lent site includes a second option:
This resource focuses on Laudato Si’, Pope Francis’ encyclical highlighting the unity of all creation, current threats to it, relevant Scripture, causes of the problems, and potential solutions. Participants will read and pray with quotes from the document, discuss them and take actions. It, also, includes suggestions for music and media.
Lent 2020: I Thirst (Water)
lent-2017-i-thirst-17 – 13 sides — to be updated
Tengo Sed – 14 sides — Please use this 2014 version.
Lent 2021: Creation Covenant: (Species and Ecosystems)
creation.covenant.2018 – 14 sides – English version
La_Alianza_de_la_Creacion – 12 sides – Use Spanish version, 2015
Lent 2021: To Breathe Its Praise (Air)
Lent2018.ToBreatheItsPraise(Air) – 16 sides
Unsolicited comments about these reflections:
See National Catholic Reporter’s EcoCatholic article about I Thirst: http://ncronline.org/node/71901.
Justice, Peace, Integrity of Creation, Rome: The SHCJ Sisters have excellent resources on Soil, Water, Air . . . .
Jim Schaal, Zygon Center for Religion and Science: This wonderful Lenten resource is thoughtfully conceived, helpfully organized, and attractively illustrated, and I am moved by the blending of Christian tradition, interfaith perspectives, and scientific content . . . .
Theresa Dabulis, Sisters of St. Casmir: [It] is absolutely beautiful, inspirational, practical, and a wonderful way to raise our own consciousness. As a community we are trying to get sisters involved in faith sharing groups, and this will be a wonderful tool.
Jim Konold: Thank you for adding new perspectives to my life and for how you amazingly were able to tie it all into our faith . . . .
Debbie Kern: . . . ultimately [I chose] this group because it’s not just about me. Rather, it’s about taking care of creation for future generations . . . I was in this group last Lent and just loved being with like-minded people who express their feelings . . . and what we can do to help our world . . . .