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The six weeks give an overview of these topics:
There is a 30-minute DVD available for use with the book that will enhance use in parish programs and study groups. The DVD gives additional content on Lent, as well as brief presentations on the Year A readings for the Sundays of Lent. Fast, Pray, Give is an ideal resource for the RCIA. It can also be used for Lenten retreats and confirmation classes, as well as for staff and ministry enrichment in the parish.
Posted December 20, 2012
Week one of this six-week Lenten guide reviews the Church’s take on Lent from the fourth century through the Second Vatican Council, emphasizing the “three traditional pillars” of the season: prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. These pillars are tied to three disciplines—spirituality, simplicity, and stewardship—described as “essential components of an engaged faith.” The second, third, and fourth chapters are devoted to the main topics, and the fifth and sixth to conversion and discipleship.
All chapters contain passages from Scripture for the appropriate Sunday, quotations from the Catechism of the Catholic Church, background on the topic, a brief entry on one of the saints, suggestions for “practicing” the discipline, and a short prayer. With the addition of discussion/reflection questions (with space for making notes) this becomes a perfect guide for individuals, faith-sharing groups, and parish ministries, particularly the Rite of Christian Initiation.
Author Mary Carol Kendzia has done an excellent job of coordinating the material within chapters and providing lists that facilitate understanding and encourage action. For example, the prayer chapter gives instructions for the Examen of Consciousness from the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, and the fasting chapter features five steps toward inner simplicity.