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Lenten Activities: Pray Through Artwork

Some people pray by writing in a journal. Others are inspired by music. But some might be moved by the visual arts. So visit an art museum or spend some time drawing.

If you are not artistically gifted, then meditating on art is also good. It is considered "visio divina". Praying with your eyes.

Start with a prayer. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you.

Choose a piece of art to inspire you. If you don't have anywhere to start, you can look at something based on scripture such as The Return of the Prodigal Son by Rembrandt. Or you might find something like The Calling of St Matthew by Caravaggio a good starting place.

Don't rush. Look at the details. Pay attention to how the piece makes you feel. Does it direct your thoughts in any particular direction?

Quiet your mind an listen for God's voice. What is God conveying to you when you look at the art? Write down your impulses if that seems helpful.

Respond to God. Are you moved to change something in your life? Is God calling you to gratitude or to action?

Place an image of the artwork somewhere you can see it. You might find further inspiration throughout the day.

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