Christian Meditation During Lent

"The kingdom of God is not something in the far future that is going suddenly to come down from heaven and settle on you and magically turn everything right. You yourselves are It. It’s in you and among you; you have to do It or It will never come."

Beatrice Bruteau

Lent is a time of preparation.  Through prayer and fasting, we ready ourselves to enter into the celebration of the central Christian mystery of Jesus’ death and resurrection.

Wisdom Ways offers varied ways to move toward the transforming experience of this sacred event.

Ash Wednesday Meditation Ritual

The ancient ritual of being marked with ashes that begins the season of Lent calls us back to ourselves, to our roots in Earth and in the stardust from which the universe expanded. The ashes are a sign of our will to live anew, mending torn relationships, healing damaged commitments, and embracing Holy Mystery.  In the quiet of Ash Wednesday evening, we will gather to bless and receive our Lenten ashes and enter into a communal time of contemplative prayer.

WHEN: Wednesday, March 1, 7:00 - 8:00 pm
WHERE: Our Lady of the Presentation Chapel, 1890 Randolph Avenue, St. Paul, 55105

Registration is not required and the ritual is free.

Tuesday Noonday Meditation

During Lent, noonday meditation will be offered in addition to the regular Tuesday evening meditation.  The weekly meditation sessions include a short reading and one 25-minute meditation.

WHEN: Tuesdays, March 7 - April 11, 12:00 - 12:40 pm

No cost; registration not required.

Morning Meditation Retreat (TWO OFFERINGS)

This Lenten morning retreat provides a more extended and focused time to deepen our existing practice of meditation.  Our morning in silence will include a pattern of sitting and walking meditations, mindful movements, and chanting.  Limited to 25 participants. 

WHEN: Thursday, March 16, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm OR
Saturday, March 25, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

COST: $15.00 for each session

These sessions are now closed for registration.

Holy Saturday Meditation

Enter into the emptiness of Holy Saturday.  This time of prayer includes a short reading, two 25-minute sitting meditations, and walking meditation. 

WHEN: Saturday, April 15, 9:00 - 10:15 am

No cost; registration not required


Susan Oeffling, CSJ, spiritual director has master’s degrees in theology and counseling and spiritual direction training from the Center for Spiritual Guidance. Deborah Chernick studies the history of Christian contemplative prayer and serves on the board of the Trust for the Meditation Process. Both facilitators have practiced meditation for many years.