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Weekly Ignatian Inspiration for Lent

This Lent, the Jesuit Conference is inviting Ignatian writers to meditate upon a poem and a song that inspires them during this season. Art, we believe, helps us deepen our understanding of God in our world and our lives.

As we make our way through Lent, we act against the temptation to assume all forty of these days must be gloomy. In fact, in the Lenten sparsity, we find beauty and hope — and these poems and songs will point to exactly that.

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Read the reflections:

Ash Wednesday – Lenten Beauty in Song: Frightening Fishes

Week 1 – Mary Grace Mangano on  Seamus Heaney’s “Miracle” & “O Beauty Ever Ancient”

Week 2 – Philip Metres’ “Devotional” & Bon Iver’s “Holocene”

Week 3 – Shemaiah Gonzalez on “Tremble” & “What You Missed That Day You Were Absent From Fourth Grade”

Week 4 – Nick Ripatrazone on “A Mi Manera” & “The Fire”

Week 5 – Jessica Murphy Moo on “Love (III)” and “Parlez-moi d’amour”

Featured Writers

Philip Metres

Author & Poet

Jessica Murphy Moo

Editor, Portland Magazine

Br. Joe Hoover, SJ

Poetry Editor, America Magazine

Shemaiah Gonzalez


Nick Ripatrazone

Editor, Image Magazine

Mary Grace Mangano

Poet & Teacher