Return: A Guided Lent Journal for Prayer and Meditation
by Fr. John Burns, 224 Pages, 5.5 x 8.5 inches
Each week throughout Lent, Burns breaks down these two verses: Week 1, return to me—recognize the need to reorient our lives through Lent; Week 2, return to me with your whole heart—reorient not only the mind but also the heart to the Lord; Week 3, return to me with fasting—acknowledge hardness of heart and the value of discipline; Week 4, return to me with weeping and mourning—bring forward personal agonies and unbind hidden bitterness that divides us from God; and Week 5, Rend your hearts, not your garments, return to the Lord, your God. Then, during Holy Week and the Resurrection on Easter, you are invited to weave your own stories into that of the Paschal Mystery. Burns uses the opening prayer of each day’s Mass—called the Collect—as a starting point for your meditations through the forty days leading up to Easter Sunday. He also focuses on the traditional Lenten practices of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving, which come together as our sacred penance during this solemn season, and ultimately lead us to heaven.
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