The Pray More Lenten Retreat

Inspiring talks to help you focus your eyes on the Lord

and transform your prayer life this Lent.

Here’s What You Get When You Register:


Video Presentations with Transcripts

Reflective Study Guides

Welcome to the Pray More Lenten Retreat!

We invite you to join us this Lent to prepare to commemorate the Lord’s Passion, Death and the celebration of His Resurrection at Easter.

Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI said that Lent is like a long ‘retreat’ during which we can, “turn back into ourselves and listen to the voice of God, in order to defeat the temptations of the Evil One.”

He said, “It is a period of spiritual ‘combat’ which we must experience alongside Jesus, not with pride and presumption, but using the arms of faith: prayer, listening to the word of God and penance. In this way we will be able to celebrate Easter in truth, ready to renew the promises of our Baptism.”

We want to help you do that — that’s why we created the Pray More Lenten Retreat!

As a part of this retreat, you will receive access to 16 different talks on prayer, the season of Lent, and lessons from the saints.

That’s about two to three talks for each week of Lent. Each of those talks will also come with a printable study guide that has reflective questions and prayers to accompany the presentation, along with transcripts of almost all of the presentations.

You can participate at your own pace. Some of the talks are 10 minutes long, and some of them are closer to 20. You will be able to watch them whenever you have the time, or to download them and listen to them even while you’re on-the-go.

We hope the Pray More Lenten Retreat will help you to intentionally work on your prayer life this Lent — wherever you are, and whenever you have the time.

Once you register, we will send all the presentations to your email for you to enjoy :) 

Saint Padre Pio said that prayer, “is the best weapon we possess. It is the key that opens the heart of God.”

We hope the Pray More Lenten Retreat will help you to spend more time in reflection & prayer this Lent, growing ever closer to our Lord!

God bless you!

John-Paul & Annie


— Why join the Pray More Lenten Retreat? — 


Learn how to have a holy, prayerful and transforming Lent.

Slow down and reflect on your walk with Jesus and how you can strengthen your relationship with Him and get to know Him and His word better.

Become more intentional with your prayer life.

Return to the Lord with your whole heart and learn how you can let the Holy Spirit guide you in your everyday life.

Reflect on God’s mercy and immeasurable love for us as He sent His son to die for our sins.

Deepen your faith and pray more this Lenten season from the comfort of your own home!

— What would the Saints say about this? — 

“Overcome any sluggishness you may feel, and the false excuse that prayer can wait for later. Let us never put off this vital source of grace until tomorrow. Now is the right time.”

— St. Josemaria Escriva

“Lent is about a relationship, the most important one, with God and our neighbor.”

— Fr. John Lombardi

“Lent stimulates us to let the Word of God penetrate our life and in this way to know the fundamental truth: who we are, where we come from, where we must go, what path we must take in life…”

— Pope Benedict XVI

“‘Repent and believe’ Jesus tells us. What are we to repent? Our indifference, our hardness of heart. What are we to believe? Jesus thirsts even now, in your heart and in the poor — He knows your weakness. He wants only your love, wants only the chance to love you.”

— Blessed Teresa of Calcutta


A lent well spent

A Lent Well Spent

by Elizabeth Ficocelli

Redemptive Suffering

by Mary Lenaburg

Death is Not the End

by Mary Lenaburg

Bleeding Hands, Weeping Stone: Miracles of the Church

Bleeding Hands, Weeping Stone: Miracles of the Church

by Elizabeth Ficocelli

God Makes All Things New

by Mary Lenaburg

Radical Love: Mother Teresa

by Mary Lenaburg

The Joy of Reconciliation

by Elizabeth Ficocelli

Mamma Mary with a Side of Grace

by Fr. Ethan Moore

To Pray Like a Child

by Fr. Ethan Moore

Choose Joy

by Mary Lenaburg

Engaging a Season of Struggle with a Spirit of Joy

by Fr. Ethan Moore

Sacrifice and Silliness: a Way to have Both

by Fr. Ethan Moore

Why Join the Pray More Lenten Retreat?

Slow down and reflect on your walk with Jesus and how you can strengthen your relationship with Him.

Deepen your faith and pray more this Lenten season from the comfort of your own home!

Reflect on God’s mercy and immeasurable love for us as He sent His son to die for our sins.

Learn to love the sacraments and live a life inspired by the saints. Renew your hope as you wait for God’s answers to your prayers.


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Mary Lenaburg is a writer, speaker, wife and mother sharing her witness and testimony about God’s Redeeming love. After suffering a miscarriage, she gave birth to her son Jonathan in 1989. After another miscarriage, her daughter Courtney arrived August 1992. On September 27, 1992, while being baptized, Courtney had the first of many grand-mal seizures. Going from the church to the emergency room, Mary’s world changed forever. For the next twenty-two years Mary and her family took a spiritual journey that led them to Lourdes, France, numerous hospitals and specialists with their daughter and finally to home-based hospice. Courtney took her last breath this side of heaven on December 27, 2014, the feast of St. John the Beloved, while in her mother’s arms. She is now her parents and big brothers most powerful intercessor. Mary lives in Northern Virginia with her husband of 28 years and her grown son. She continues to embrace her father’s advice: Never quit, never give up, never lose your faith. It’s the one reason you walk this earth. For God just this time and place just for you, so make the most of it. Mary can be found on-line at

Elizabeth Ficocelli is a best-selling, award-winning author of fifteen books for adults and young people and a contributor to national Catholic magazines. She is a frequent guest on Catholic television and radio and the host of her own radio program, “Answering The Call” on St. Gabriel Catholic Radio AM 820. A sought-after speaker, Elizabeth presents at national Catholic conferences, catechetical events, parishes, schools, and retreats, sharing her love and enthusiasm for the Catholic faith with audiences of all ages. She and her husband of 31 years have four boys and reside in Columbus, Ohio. For more information, please visit

Fr. Ethan Moore is currently the parochial vicar at St. Peters in Huber Heights,  OH along with the parishes of Old North Dayton. As a newly ordained priest some of his adventures have included a midnight Mass for New Years, the initial phase of forming a Catholic Biker Gang, and the wilds of everyday parish life. Fr. Ethan is originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico but hails McCartyville, Ohio as home.


Contact Us:

If you have any questions about the Pray More Retreat, you can e-mail us at:

John-Paul & Annie,
E-mail: [email protected]
Please put “Pray More Retreat” as your e-mail subject.