The Lumen Fidei (Light of Faith) Study Guide: A Companion to Pope Francis's First Encyclical

· Ave Maria Press

About this ebook

Perfect for personal study and for all types of faith formation groups, The Lumen Fidei (Light of Faith) Study Guide is the first available resource of its kind. All Catholics will benefit from its rich commentary, reflection questions, and ideas for living more fully by the “light of faith.”

This study guide is the essential companion to Lumen Fidei, Pope Francis’s first encyclical, which was published in July of 2013. Jared Dees—author and seasoned religion teacher—leverages his expertise in education and theology to welcome Catholics into encyclicals in general and this one in particular—which Pope Francis called the “work of four hands” since it completes work started by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.

Dees presents summaries of each section of the encyclical, in-depth commentary, reflection questions, a glossary of key terms, and suggestions for integrating the encyclical into personal or community spiritual life. Additionally, there are appendices that address Lumen Fidei for pastors, leaders of adult faith formation and RCIA, catechists, teachers, and families.

About the author

Jared Dees is the creator of the popular website The Religion Teacher, which provides practical resources and effective teaching strategies to religious educators. He is respected graduate of the Alliance for Catholic Education program at the University of Notre Dame, where he earned master’s degrees in education and theology. Dees has served as a Catholic school religion teacher and now volunteer catechist for more than a decade. He is the content marketing manager at Ave Maria Press and the author of 31 Days to Becoming a Better Religious Educator; To Heal, Proclaim, and Teach; and Praying the Angelus. His articles have appeared in Momentum, CATECHIST, Catechetical Leader, and on numerous websites. Dees lives in South Bend, Indiana, with his wife and four children.

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