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During Lent, we turn away from our sinfulness and recommit ourselves to following Christ. Ignatian contemplation and reflective prayer encourage us in the season of Lent to deepen our relationship with God.  

Lenten Retreats and Prayers

We’re happy to provide a variety of online retreats and prayer experiences to help you live Lent more fully. 

Arts & Faith: Lent
Video still on Ash Wednesday paintingEnjoy a visual prayer experience this Lent. Each week includes a video commentary about a work of art inspired by the Sunday Scriptures and an accompanying Ignatian reflection at dotMagis. Art commentaries are by Daniella Zsupan-Jerome and the Ignatian prayers are by Paddy Gilger, SJ. Try the Ash Wednesday video and Ignatian prayer, now available. 

  Join us for a new series based on the words of William A. Barry, SJ. Each Wednesday we’ll share Fr. Barry’s meditation for the day and a reflection it inspires. Reflections are written by a different dotMagis blogger each week. 

The Ignatian Workout for Lent Focus on your spiritual health with Tim Muldoon’s help. His audio reflections accompany suggestions for prayer and action, leading from Ash Wednesday to Easter. 

An Ignatian Prayer Adventure 
Join in an adapted version of the Spiritual Exercises, perfectly timed as a Lent and Easter retreat. This year guest blogger Elizabeth Eiland Figueroa will share her experiences with the retreat through posts on Tuesdays. The retreat begins this Sunday, February 15, and concludes the week after Easter.  

It Doesn’t Take Much Time

It doesn’t take a lot of time to prepare for Lent. It just takes desire and focus. God can do so much with our hearts when they are focused. We can give God more space to touch our hearts if we begin to establish some simple patterns. For example, we can wake up each morning and stand by the edge of our beds for a few moments to ask the Lord for the grace to let this day be one in which we long for the beginning of Lent. Our prayer might be general, or we might pray for specific helps or graces for getting ready to begin Lent. Whatever we say, our Lord understands our words. We can make this simple connection with God in the time it would take us to put on our slippers. Similarly, we can spend a short time in prayer each night giving thanks to God before we go to bed. This pattern of simple morning and evening prayer can stir our spirits to look forward to and prepare for Lent as a season of grace.
—Excerpted from Praying Lent by Andy Alexander, SJ,
and Maureen McCann Waldron 

Praying the Examen

The Examen is a classic Ignatian prayer, but perhaps you want to use this Lent to look at it with a fresh approach. Here are a few ideas.  From Ashes to Glory
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Fwd: How To Help Black Families - Ethics & Religion Col.

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From: Michael McManus <mike@marriagesavers.org>
Date: Thu, Feb 12, 2015 at 2:21 AM
Subject: How To Help Black Families - Ethics & Religion Col. #1,746
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Ethics & Religion


301 978-7105


February 12, 2015

Column #1,746

How To Help Black Families

By Mike McManus


            Fifty years ago, Daniel Patrick Moynihan wrote a report, The Negro Family: The Case for National Action, known today as The Moynihan Report. In 1965 more than half of unwed births in America (167,000 of 291,000) were to black mothers, though blacks were only 11% of the population.


            Those 167,000 were 28.7% of black births that year compared to only 3.9% of white births. The only remedy, he declared was to focus on “a new kind of national goal: the establishment of a stable Negro family structure.”


            Unfortunately, that did not happen.  Black unwed births have more than doubled to 72%.  However, white out-of-wedlock births have soared 10-fold to 35.9% - far above the 1965 rate for blacks. 


Today only 46% of U.S. teenagers aged 15-17 are living with their own married parents, according to a new report by the Marriage and Religion Research Institute (MARRI) of the Family Research Council.


Most American kids have parents who “rejected each other,” either by not marrying or divorcing, in the words of MARRI director Patrick Fagan.


            The situation is particularly grave for black teenagers, only 17% of whom are living with married parents – three times worse than the 54% of white teens.


            In 1950 63% of American teens lived in intact families – two-thirds of white kids and 38% of black teens.  The “White Index of Belonging” has decreased from 67% to 54%, but the Black Index has plunged in half from 38% to 17%.


            In releasing these numbers, The Family Research Council asked two prominent black leaders for their response. 


            Bishop Garland Hunt, a former president of Prison Fellowship and now co-pastor of The Father’s House in Norcross, Georgia, notes “The family in general is in crisis, but the crisis of the black family is much worse.”


            He blames the desire of young people for “sexual liberty,” and laments the fact “Blacks are leading in unmarried pregnancy, the breakdown of the family and people just living together. What has to happen is a movement to bring honor back to the marital status.


            “Marriage is under attack in our culture – such as the pressure to redefine it. No longer is marriage just between a man and a woman. Exclusive heterosexual relationships are not even a goal or seen as necessary.”


            His answer is “to restore our community back to a biblical standard for life. There is no other option. Children should be living with both parents to ensure that they grow up in an environment where they can understand that a young lady does not have to give up her virginity to be like her peers. Instead, she can be a virgin until she gets married.”


            Star Parker spent seven years in the grip of welfare dependency but is now a nationally syndicated newspaper columnist and president of The Center for Urban Renewal and Education. 


In a recent column, she wrote, “Don’t want to be poor in America? Get educated, get a job, get married and have children after you are married. Do this and your chances of being poor are miniscule.”


            She is a rare black conservative who asserts that the War on Poverty’s answer to “the black struggle in America was to pour government money into these communities, which simply subsidized and encouraged destructive behavior.”


            Government money and minimum wage laws “create all the conditions to guarantee future Fergusons – lack of education, lack of family, lack of work.”


            Ms. Parker suggests five reforms for the new Republican Congress “to guarantee no more Fergusons:”


            “1. Pass Welfare Reform 2.0, Congressman Paul Ryan’s Opportunity Grant Program” which would take “the almost $1 trillion in annual spending on 11 different anti-poverty programs and block grant the money to states, allowing them to decide how to use it effectively.”


            “2. Replace HUD housing projects and Section 8 housing with housing vouchers that low-income individuals can use (to live) wherever they want.


            “3. Pass legislation enabling school choice, so low-income parents can get their kids out of the irreparable, union-controlled failing public schools into church schools.


            “4. Allow all citizens age 30 or under and earning $30,000/year and under the option to opt out of Social Security, stop paying the payroll tax, and use those funds to invest in their own private retirement account.”


            “5. Allow dollar for dollar income tax write-off of all charitable contributions that go into designated low-income zip code areas.


            She asserts that “These reforms will transform chronically poor and crime-ridden mostly minority communities into a new era of education, family, saving and work.”


            There’s hope for Black America.


Copyright © 2015 Michael J. McManus is President of Marriage Savers and a syndicated columnist.





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Fwd: Fighting Smart / Adventures in Intimacy / Devotion Leap / Marriage Ministry Conference - Feb 2015

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Date: Wed, Feb 11, 2015 at 10:31 AM
Subject: Fighting Smart / Adventures in Intimacy / Devotion Leap / Marriage Ministry Conference - Feb 2015
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- How to fight with your spouse without ruining your marriage, in 9 steps
Washington Post, Feb 3, 20015
Strategies from a male perspective.

Fwd: Now mid-event week--Look what's happening

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From: National Marriage Week USA <sheila@nationalmarriageweekusa.org>
Date: Tue, Feb 10, 2015 at 11:32 AM
Subject: Now mid-event week--Look what's happening
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We're smack in the middle of National Marriage Week USA.

Look at what is already happening this week!

National TV interview on "Fox and Friends" with Sheila Weber


Superb "Wall Street Journal" article today, Feb. 10th.
How to be a great friend to someone with marital problems. Advice from Dr. Bill Doherty's forthcoming Marital First Responders training.


"NY POST " column today:
"How Shacking Up Leads to Divorce," Dr. Scott Stanley's research on Sliding versus Deciding.

The Huffington Post. For Marriage Week:,
What are the Biggest Issues in a Marriage and How Can You Fix It?

FamilyLife Radio is having a National Marriage Week Series this week.
Discussion guide here:

Jewish Lessons on Love for National Marriage Week:

USCCB Bishop's Letter to all Catholic Bishops and Parishes:
* A letter from Bishop Malone encouraging participation in National Marriage Week
* A bulletin insert
* Homily helps for priests and deacons
All 3 resources at http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/marriage-and-family/national-marriage-week-2015.cfm

National Marriage Week in feature article of The Christian Post:

Attend a Virtual Retreat with Pope Francis for National Marriage Week: Keeping Love Alive:

Premiere of Bermuda issues proclamation in support of National Marriage Week:

PLEASE BE SURE TO POST FOR FREE ANY MARRIAGE CLASS YOU HOST on the ONLY National Marriage Calendar that exists for everyone!

Happy National Marriage Week everyone!

Sheila Weber
Executive Director, National Marriage Week USA (Feb. 7-14)

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Hi Bill
I've enclosed a blog I wrote a few days ago about this issue. Please distribute it as you see fit.

Dr Liz van Acker
School of Government and International Relations
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