Good Retreats, Prayer Scarves, and Resources for Lent

Fr. Josh answers questions on how to find a good retreat, the purpose of wearing a prayer scarf (or mantilla), and what are some good resources for Lent.

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Fasting should turn you to prayer; and the fruit of prayer ought to be almsgiving.


Glory Story (2:20)


How to Find a Good Retreat (7:10)

First of all I want to thank you for all of the AMAZING work you are doing. You are a blessing to so many through your ministry. My question is this: I went to Catholic School from kindergarten through high school so I’ve been to a lot of retreats and unfortunately never had great experiences at them. Although, it was mostly because I was immature in my faith, I also had problems with anxiety and didn’t feel comfortable sharing things with my classmates. My faith has grown quite a lot in the past few years and I think a retreat could really help me discern some things and deepen my relationship with the Lord but I don’t know how to choose the right one and I’m still a little reluctant because of my past experiences. Any thoughts would be appreciated. PS I’m in the Baton Rouge area if you have any recommendations for south Louisiana.


The Purpose of a Prayer Scarf (or Mantilla) (12:51)

What does wearing a prayer scarf mean and why do women not wear them anymore?


Resources for Lent (20:02)

Hi Fr. Josh, I am wondering if you might have some recommendations for how to best get ready for Lent. Perhaps, you know of some good resources? I am new to the faith and am still trying to figure out everything there is to know about Lent. Thank you for your help!



Meet Fr. Josh Johnson

While Fr. Josh was raised Catholic, he didn’t like the Church growing up. Then, one day in adoration, he fell in love with Jesus and received the call to become a priest.

Now, Fr. Josh is the Vocations Director of the Diocese of Baton Rouge in Louisiana. He is a presenter in four of Ascension’s programs: Altaration, YOU: Life, Love, and the Theology of the Body, The 99, and Connected: Catholic Social Teaching for This Generation, as well as the author of Broken and Blessed: An Invitation to My Generation, Pocket Guide to Adoration, and co-author of Pocket Guide to Reconciliation.

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