Lent as a Thin Place: In Death You Will See New Life

Holy Week Activities Pack

Without a doubt, births and deaths are some of the most profound moments of our lives. They are most certainly “thin places”—those moments or places where the veil that normally prevents us from recognizing God’s presence seems to be quite thin. As we approach Holy Week, we prepare to come face to face with death and new life; Good Friday and Easter are a continuum.

In our catechetical settings, Holy Week provides us with an opportunity to invite those we teach to immerse themselves in the Paschal Mystery of Jesus: our belief that in death, we find new life.  In her book, Braving the Thin Places: Celtic Wisdom to Create a Space for Grace, Julianne Stanz tells us that: “In a thin space, if you attune your eye to what is in front of you, you will begin to pick up the subtleties in color and variation, your eye will move from the general to the particular, and in death you will see new life.”

Help those you teach to attune their eyes to see new life in death by delving into the story of Jesus’ Passion, Death, and Resurrection. To assist, Loyola Press has many Holy Week resources available. Here are just a few:

Holy Week Activities Pack
Help children and families experience the full meaning of the final days before Easter with puzzle sheets and prayerful Scripture activities.

Stations of the Cross for Children
View an online presentation of the Stations of the Cross for children. Also available in Spanish.

The Seven Last Words
Pray this devotion commemorating each of the Seven Last Words that Jesus spoke from the Cross.

Pop-Up Catechesis: Holy Week
Set aside time to enter the events of Holy Week.

May we all attune our eyes so that in death we will see new life!

About Joe Paprocki 2742 Articles
Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press, where, in addition to his traveling/speaking responsibilities, he works on the development team for faith formation curriculum resources including Finding God: Our Response to God’s Gifts and God’s Gift: Reconciliation and Eucharist. Joe has more than 35 years of experience in ministry and has presented keynotes, presentations, and workshops in more than 100 dioceses in North America. Joe is a frequent presenter at national conferences including the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the Mid-Atlantic Congress, and the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. He is the author of numerous books, including the best seller The Catechist’s Toolbox, A Church on the Move, Under the Influence of Jesus, and Called to Be Catholic—a bilingual, foundational supplemental program that helps young people know their faith and grow in their relationship with God. Joe is also the series editor for the Effective Catechetical Leader and blogs about his experiences in faith formation at www.catechistsjourney.com.

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