Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Reading your way through Lent--updated!

What are you doing for Lent?  (Ash Wednesday is just one month away!)

This Lent my community will be revisiting the Gospel of John together, with the guidance of the genial professor Edward Sri. We will be using the "Follow Me" program from Ascension Press, which I reviewed some months back. We could just as easily have chosen a different approach to the same Gospel, one prepared by Thomas Garry, a third-order Dominican from New Jersey who sent me a review copy of his book Through Lent with John's People.

Garry published his book through the Dominican Nuns of the Perpetual Rosary (Summit, NJ), and informed me that "all proceeds from its sale will go to fund the expansion of their monastery." (My first thought on reading that was, "what proceeds?" We could have told them that book publishing is no way to make money!) Well, hopefully the promotion of the book will raise awareness of the sisters' need for new space for the vocations the Lord is sending them, because book sales are not going to cut it.

Garry has mapped out almost the whole Gospel of John, spreading the passages out across Lent and clear through to Easter Sunday. The Church itself privileges the Gospel of John during Lent, particularly in Year A, but always in the Sacred Triduum and continuing on through the Easter Season, so praying with John is praying with the Church.

Each day's passage is given in full, followed by a reflection (about three pages' worth) and concluding with questions for personal application. Those questions are probably the most valuable part of the book (outside of the Gospel text itself) and could be very helpful in making an examination of conscience before confession. In fact, the person who  uses this book for Lent will probably be led to the Sacrament of Reconciliation on a rather regular basis, because the reflection and the questions themselves do not fail to challenge our all too easy accommodations with the spirit of comfort.

Through Lent with John's People is a worthwhile book for your Lenten prayer.

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Maureen said...

Ash Wednesday is a month away, not a week away! That said, I have this new book on my shelf and I'm ready.

A Damn Ant said...

Thanks Sister, but am I wrong that Ash Wednesday is March 1 this year?

Sr Anne Flanagan said...

Oops! At the time I wrote this, I planned to schedule it one week from March--fixing the error right away!

Sr Anne Flanagan said...

It's nice to know that people read my blog so promptly and attentively!!! Thanks for alerting me in such a timely manner about the goof-up.

Anonymous said...

You're not alone, Sister Anne. When I began entering important dates on my 2017 calendar at the end of December I marked Feb 1st as Ash Wednesday, thinking it was very early this year. I never caught on to my error until I realized there was no mention of it at Mass. Had I paid more attention to the month of March I would have seen it was noted by the printer on the calendar. Silly me - Jean in Calgary