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Lent 2021: How to PRAY without CEASING

Pray your way through Lent

With so many ways to pray, every Catholic can find a way that fits their needs to grow closer to God during Lent. 

It might seem like we have been living through Lent for the past 11 months, but this holy season is the perfect time to recommit ourselves to a life centered on God and not ourselves. Praying throughout the day is one way to open up to God. It can be sitting in silence for two minutes, praying the rosary or experiencing other time-honored prayer styles like Lectio Divina. Arkansas Catholic’s special Lent section from our Feb. 27, 2021 edition, has resources to help you find the right style for you. 


Find the right style for you with top five ways to pray

By Aprille Hanson, Published: March 1, 2021   

Looking for a prayer style that is right for you? Here are five time-tested, tried and true ways to pray. Ignatian prayer Developed by St. Ignatius of Loyla, Ignatian prayer focuses on developing an intimate relationship with God through reflection.  His Spiritual Exercises “are a compilation of meditations, prayers and contemplative practices” that can be used in retreat form or individual growth. According to, the exercises are organized into four weeks, but can last longer, with different More... 

Time for prayer: More conversations with God this Lent

By Aprille Hanson, Published: February 26, 2021   

Two minutes of silence. Being one with nature while pulling weeds out of the garden. Singing “Jesus, I trust in you.” Helping someone reach the box of cereal on the top shelf of the grocery store aisle.  These are brief moments, but the creator of the universe lives in each one and each one is a prayer.  Every grand gesture Jesus made, from raising Lazarus from the dead to allowing a blind man to see to healing More... 

Retreats, fish fries make up Lenten activities around state

Published: February 26, 2021   

Parishes around the Diocese of Little Rock shared some of the ways they are observing Lent. Plan to observe pandemic precautions if you participate. Changing circumstances may change plans; contact the church before you go.   Altus St. Mary Stations of the Cross, Fridays during Lent, 7 p.m.   Arkadelphia St. Mary Bilingual Mass and Stations of the Cross, Fridays during Lent, 7 p.m.; Mass and reconciliation service, March 17, 5:30 p.m.; bake sale, March 28, noon-1:30 p.m. and 3-4 p.m.   Barling Sacred Heart of More... 

Pope: A day that begins with prayer is a good day

By Cindy Wooden , Published: February 26, 2021   

VATICAN CITY -- Prayer makes every day better, even the most difficult days, Pope Francis said. Prayer transforms a person's day "into grace, or better, it transforms us: it appeases anger, sustains love, multiplies joy, instills the strength to forgive," the pope said Feb. 10 during his weekly general audience. Prayer is a constant reminder that God is nearby and so, "the problems we face no longer seem to be obstacles to our happiness, but appeals from More... 

What speaks to you? Three Catholics share prayer practices

By Aprille Hanson, Published: February 25, 2021      

While prayer has many styles, there are also forms of prayer that help guide the faithful into closer conversation with God. Having an adoration hour, praying in a group or having a devotion to a particular saint are all ways of praying in church outside of Mass or of creating a prayer tradition at home.    Adoration  Eleven parishes have perpetual adoration in Arkansas, offering 24/7 exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, and others offer scheduled times for adorers More...