Diving into Lent

Living Lent Daily

When I go swimming at the health club, diving into the pool is always a bit of a shock to my system. Once my body adjusts to the water temperature, however, I gradually begin to enjoy the buoyancy that results in a “lightness of being” that is renewing.

This Lent, I invite you to “dive into” the 40 days in much the same way. At first, the change in climate can be a bit of a shock to the system as we experience the simplicity, soberness, and even starkness of the season. Soon, however, the Lenten season can and will produce a lightness of being as we shed excess baggage and focus on the “buoyancy of grace.”

Here on Catechist’s Journey, during the Lenten and Easter seasons, I invite you to reflect on this “buoyancy of grace” by reflecting with me on themes from my new book, 8 Steps to Energize Your Faith.

For more opportunities to “dive into” the Lenten season, see Loyola Press offerings including Living Lent Daily (an e-mail series featuring reflections based on Bible verses included in our 3-Minute Retreats) and the Lenten Read-Along of Forgive Everyone Everything by Fr. Greg Boyle, SJ.

For highlights of Lenten activities to do with your students, watch the video below. Then browse our full collection of Lenten resources for catechists, which includes links to everything in the video and much more!

For access to all of the Loyola Press resources available for the Lenten season, click here.

This Lent, dive in! The water’s fine!

About Joe Paprocki 2751 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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