The key is the right-hand page. On that page each day (except Sundays) we’ll look at the Gospel passages assigned for the weekday Mass, and suggest some reflections.
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The left-hand pages will have informational items relating to stewardship. The right-hand pages will give prayerful reflection, drawing upon Scriptural passages from the Gospel of St. John.
This Little Black Book is your companion for Lent 2014. It’s an old-fashioned “vade mecum” (pronounced vahday maykum). That’s Latin for “travel with me” and was used to describe a book that was a constant companion – perhaps a condensed book of prayers for traveling priests, or a handbook for quick reference – something you could take with you anywhere.
The key is the right-hand page. On that page each day (except Sundays) we’ll walk through Matthew’s resurrection narrative. When the narrative is completed, we’ll look at the Gospels from four celebrations which this year fall on a Sunday, replacing the Gospel from Ordinary Time. The left-hand page is like a buffet table with information about the Easter season, or various traditions and customs, or the saint whose feast is celebrated that particular day.
The main thing is to spend some quiet time with the Lord using one of our oldest traditions of prayer called lectio divina – sacred reading. We take a short Scripture passage and simply let God speak to us through the words, guiding us to reflections that sometimes seem to come from nowhere. But they’re not “from nowhere.” They’re from God.