7 Ways to Practice Lent—Free eBook

7 Ways to Practice Lent - Free eBook

Lent is the season when God calls his people to return to him with their whole heart. God says that when we return to him, we will find him gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and rich in kindness.

During the 40 days of Lent, we reflect on how we can more fully turn our lives over to God so that we can celebrate Easter with joyful hearts. The Church has given us many tools to help our reflection and conversion. Among these are the following:

  1. Ash Wednesday
  2. Prayer
  3. Fasting
  4. Almsgiving
  5. Reconciliation
  6. Stations of the Cross
  7. Holy Week

My new eBook explores these seven ways to practice Lent by offering background on each tradition, an accompanying prayer, and activities for catechists to share the riches of Lenten practices with those they serve. By deepening our understanding of the disciplines, practices, and devotions of Lent, we will live Lent more fully and grow in relationship with God and one another.

Fill out the below form to receive your free copy of the eBook—available in several formats for your convenience.

Growing in Wisdom: Discernment for Young People

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We know little about the life of Jesus as he grew up, but the one story we have of him as an adolescent can form the basis of a session on family and mission. Using Finding God, Grade 7, Chapter 9, my group will talk about how Jesus grew in age, wisdom, and grace—and what […]

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More About Families Living Faith at St. Jude, New Lenox

Fr Don Lewandowski

Last week, I told you about the innovative faith formation program, Families Living Faith, at St. Jude Parish in New Lenox, IL. Today, I’d like to provide a few more details, background, and observations about this unique approach that takes seriously the role of parents as their child’s first catechist. “Getting there” was not easy and required […]

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How Are Your Lessons Calling People to Repent?

A Simple, Life-Changing Prayer by Jim Manney book cover

This Sunday’s Gospel (Mark 1:14–20) invites us to hear the first words out of Jesus’ mouth as he begins his public ministry: “This is the time of fulfillment. The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.” One of the reasons that we find this passage difficult to take to heart is […]

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Promoting Catholic Identity, Part 4: A Reverence for Scripture and Tradition

This is the fourth article in a series on the five characteristics of Catholic identity and how we can nurture those in our children. An important part in developing our Catholic identity is fostering a deep appreciation for the source of the knowledge of our faith. The Catholic Church recognizes that God’s Revelation comes to […]

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Reaching Parents on the Margins of Parish Life

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A catechist friend of mine recently commented that there was a general attitude among parents. She called it the “drag-drive-drop” mentality: parents dragged their children into the car, drove them to the faith formation center, and dropped them off at class! While not true in every parish, the question of how we reach parents who […]

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Evangelization and Joy-Filled Witness

joyful children

One of the pastoral recommendations provided during the 2012–2013 Year of Faith jumped off the page for me: The Year of Faith is intended to contribute to a renewed conversion to the Lord Jesus and to the rediscovery of faith, so that the members of the Church will be credible and joy-filled witnesses to the […]

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Parents Come First at St. Jude in New Lenox, IL

ST. Jude New Lenox

I recently had the opportunity to spend some time with the faith formation staff at St. Jude Parish in New Lenox, IL, to get some insights into their Families Living Faith program: an approach to faith formation that takes seriously the Church’s call to make adult catechesis primary. The St. Jude faith formation program has […]

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Adaptive Finding God Is Here

Finding God Adaptive Program

Parents of children with special needs desire with all their hearts to help their children enter fully into the faith experience, prepare for the sacraments, and live their lives as participating members of the Catholic Church. Loyola Press is proud to help make this a reality by providing the Adaptive Finding God Program! Adaptive Finding […]

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The Spiritual Life of Catechists, Part 7: Devotion to Mary and the Eucharist

Mary and Baby Jesus

This is the seventh and final article in a series about the spiritual life of catechists, inspired by the list of characteristics in the National Directory for Catechesis. Did you know that the Virgin Mary is known as “mother and model of catechists?” Catechists are called to a special devotion to her because “[t]hrough her […]

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