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“For me… there could be no doubt: the fullest freedom I had ever known, the greatest sense of security, came from abandoning my will to do only the will of God.”

Fr. Walter J. Ciszek, He Leadeth Me

This Lent, we’ll walk through the life-changing, spiritual classic He Leadeth Me, written by Fr. Walter J. Ciszek, S.J. Fr. Walter, a Jesuit priest and missionary, was imprisoned for more than 20 years in the Soviet Union, first in solitary confinement and then in a Siberian worker camp. Amidst some of the most brutal conditions imaginable, Fr. Walter underwent a profound spiritual journey. In fear, he found hope. In confinement, he surrendered his life to God. Together with He Leadeth Me and more powerful testimonies of surrender, you’ll experience a new kind of humility and hope in Christ, who laid down His life for you, in the 40 days leading up to Easter.

Mark Wahlberg, Jonathan Roumie to Serve as Lent Guides

We’re extremely excited to have incredible guides walking beside us in prayer, fasting, and serving others this Lent.

  • Mark Wahlberg, will lead us in incredible fasting, discipline, and surrender challenges and Scripture motivation to keep us going through the weeks of Lent
  • Jonathan Roumie, who portrays Jesus in The Chosen, will lead us through powerful reflections on what it means to completely surrender our lives to God 
  • Fr. Mike Schmitz, host of the #1 Christian podcast Bible in a Year, will guide us through weekly reflections on the Gospel and the excerpts from He Leadeth Me
  • Sr. Miriam James, S.O.L.T., will help explore imaginative prayer on the moments before Christ’s death and resurrection
  • Sr. Mary Bernice, an incredible Missionary of Charity who served alongside Mother Teresa in Calcutta, India, will reflect on charity and loving others 
  • And surrender stories from Tammy Peterson, Jim Wahlberg, Fr. Frankie Cicero, and more to inspire our faith and reliance on God.

Past Pray40 Challenges

In 2023, the Imitation of Christ inspired Pray40.

Daily readings from the 15th century book, written by monk Thomas a Kempis, were center to the Lenten prayer challenge. The book, which influenced the lives of countless saints over the centuries, is equally powerful today.

In 2022, Hallow’s Pray40 challenge focused on the Seven Last Words of Christ.

These seven “words,” which are actually sayings that contain multiple words, represent these seven themes: Forgiveness, Salvation, Relationship, Abandonment, Distress, Triumph and Reunion. They helped us keep our prayer focused on Jesus’s time on the cross, fixed on the incredible sacrifice He made for us.

SEE MORE: Lent Prayers for 2024 | What to Give Up for Lent | Ash Wednesday 2024 | Where to Get Ashes | Divine Mercy Chaplet | Lent 2024: Schedule and Important Dates

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Excerpt(s) from HE LEADETH ME by Walter J. Ciszek, S. J. with Daniel L. Flaherty, S. J., copyright © 1973 by Walter J. Ciszek. Used by permission of Doubleday, an imprint of the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC. All rights reserved.

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