Lenten Reflections

Lenten Reflections

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Set yourself up for a transformative 40 days with FORMED Lenten Reflections! Watch these short, daily reflections from esteemed Scripture expert Dr. Tim Gray to get inspiration and practical tips for growing closer to Jesus through fasting, prayer, and almsgiving. Don't miss a day of growing closer to our Lord this Lent.

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Lenten Reflections
  • Day 1: You've Been Summoned

    Episode 1

    Let Us Pray
    Dear Lord, help me to have confidence in your love and mercy despite my sin. May I make the most of this Lenten journey so that I may truly experience the joy of Easter and your victory over death.
    Scripture for Reflection
    "If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth...

  • Day 2: Why 40?

    Episode 2

    Let Us Pray
    Dear Lord, you desire to speak with me more than I desire to speak with you. Help me to carve out space this Lent that I may listen to you and hear your voice in my heart.
    Scripture for Reflection
    "And he said, 'Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD.' And behold, the LOR...

  • Day 3: A Lent without Eggs

    Episode 3

    Let Us Pray
    Dear Jesus, may I take lent seriously and give something up not out of habit, but to remind myself that I will never be satisfied with earthly things, only your love and grace.
    Scripture for Reflection
    "Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devi...

  • Day 4: What's Distracting You?

    Episode 4

    Let Us Pray
    Dear Lord, help me to become more aware of the distractions in my life that prevent me from experiencing your presence and peace. May I develop the discipline of removing those distractions so that I may contemplate your goodness and your plan for me.
    Scripture for Reflection
    "Be sobe...

  • First Sunday of Lent: Your True Identity

    Episode 5

    Let Us Pray
    Dear Lord, help me to fight the lies that the devil tells me, tempting me to doubt your love and your goodness. Thank you for the grace of my baptism whereby I became your beloved son/daughter.
    Scripture for Reflection
    "And the tempter came and said to him, 'If you are the Son of God,...

  • Day 5: The Big Three

    Episode 6

    Let Us Pray
    Dear Father, grant me the strength to be generous to others and sacrifice myself so that I may grow closer to you.
    Scripture for Reflection
    "Thus, when you give alms, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by me...

  • Day 6: The Opposite of Almsgiving

    Episode 7

    Let Us Pray
    Dear Father, increase my faith. Help me to give generously and trust that you will provide for all my needs.
    Scripture for Reflection
    "Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink, nor about your body, what you shall put on. Is no...

  • Day 7: Fasting Is Hard

    Episode 8

    Let Us Pray
    Dear Father, I am weak. I need your grace. Help me to try again and again when I fail. Teach me humility.
    Scripture for Reflection
    "For we have not a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. ...

  • Day 8: Silence and Solitude

    Episode 9

    Let Us Pray
    Dear Father, you desire to be with me to speak to my heart. Help me to carve out time to be alone with you.
    Scripture for Reflection
    "Harden not your hearts, as at Meribah, as on the day at Massah in the wilderness, when your fathers tested me, and put me to the proof, though they had...

  • Day 9: How to Hear God's Voice

    Episode 10

    Let Us Pray
    Loving Father, you desire to speak with me. Help me to focus on your Word so that I may hear you speak through it.
    Scripture for Reflection
    "Jesus then said to the Jews who had believed in him, 'If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples'" (John 8:31).

  • Day 10: Spend Less to Give More

    Episode 11

    Let Us Pray
    Dear God, may I share your love for me by loving others. Help me to sacrifice and save so I can give.
    Scripture for Reflection
    "Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in he...

  • Second Sunday of Lent: The Glory That Awaits

    Episode 12

    Let Us Pray
    Dear Jesus, help me to remember the destination—that my citizenship is in heaven where I will see your glory!
    Scripture for Reflection
    "But our commonwealth is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will change our lowly body to be like his glorious body...

  • Day 11: Lighten Up

    Episode 13

    Let Us Pray
    Dear Jesus, you tell me not to be anxious about my life, what I am to eat or drink or wear because the Father will provide for my needs. I pray for the grace to have that kind of radical trust and detachment so that I may know your joy.
    Scripture for Reflection
    "Then he said to them, ...

  • Day 12: The Man Who Raised Christ

    Episode 14

    Let Us Pray
    Dear Jesus, Saint Joseph is such a wonderful model of virtue for me to imitate. I can imagine how inadequate he must have felt to have you and your holy Mother entrusted to his care. May I have the faith, like Saint Joseph, to fulfill my responsibilities with magnanimity.
    Scripture fo...

  • Day 13: Have Patience

    Episode 15

    Let Us Pray
    Dear Jesus, you promise your divine protection for those who have patient endurance. I know that as a result of the Fall this life is a great spiritual battle. May I never doubt that the victory is yours and that you are good, desiring that all would be saved and come to a knowledge o...

  • Day 14: Forgiveness and Freedom

    Episode 16

    Let Us Pray
    Dear Jesus, it can be so difficult to forgive those who have hurt us. But I know that true freedom is found in forgiveness. I pray for the grace to let go of anger and resentment through acts of forgiveness.
    Scripture for Reflection
    "And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven ...

  • Day 15: The Stations

    Episode 17

    Let Us Pray
    Jesus, it can be hard to believe that you endured your Passion and Death out of love for me. It is humbling. May my meditation upon your sacrifice draw me more deeply into relationship with you so that I may more willingly lay down my life for others.
    Scripture for Reflection
    "But God...

  • Day 16: Detachment

    Episode 18

    Let Us Pray
    Dear Jesus, I am reminded of the saying, "Let go and let God."
    Scripture for Reflection
    "And he called to him the multitude with his disciples, and said to them, 'If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me'" (Mark 8:34).

  • Third Sunday of Lent

    Episode 19

    Let Us Pray
    Dear Jesus, how fitting that you would not only give your life for the forgiveness of my sins, but that you continue to give your life in the Eucharist so that I may have the sustenance I need to stay the course and finish strong in this journey of faith.
    Scripture for Reflection
    "And...

  • Day 17: Break Your Fast Today

    Episode 20

    Let Us Pray
    Dear Jesus, may I be poised and ready in prayer, like our Blessed Mother, and have the courage to hear and obey what you are calling me to do. Help me to eliminate distractions so that I may be more attentive to prayer.
    Scripture for Reflection
    "And Mary said, 'Behold, I am the handma...

  • Day 18: Do You Thirst for God?

    Episode 21

    Let Us Pray
    Dear Jesus, knowing that you thirst for my love, I ask for the grace to increase within me a greater desire and thirst for you.
    Scripture for Reflection
    "After this Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said 'I thirst'" (John 19:28).

  • Day 19: What Is Holiness All About?

    Episode 22

    Let Us Pray
    Dear Jesus, I know that it is your will that I become holy because the holier I am the more I am able to love you and love others. Lord, I invite you to make me holy.
    Scripture for Reflection
    "For this is the will of God, your sanctification" (1 Thessalonians 4:3).

  • Day 20: Trusting or Testing God

    Episode 23

    Let Us Pray
    Dear Jesus, I know that to place my faith in you is to trust you with my life. The devil does his best to convince me that you are not trustworthy. Be my refuge and my fortress so that I can have the strength to resist his deceptions.
    Scripture for Reflection
    "He who dwells in the she...

  • Day 21: A Window into the Heart of Christ

    Episode 24

    Let Us Pray
    Dear Jesus, I am overwhelmed that there is no limit to your love for me. Your obedience and humility stand in stark contrast to the world's emphasis on self-exultation. I pray for the grace to follow your path of obedience and humility.
    Scripture for Reflection
    "Have this mind among y...