You might guess that, since I featured a Michael Himes DVD series last month and am doing so again, I am a fan. You’d be correct. I like Father Himes because he offers insights into our faith in a unique fashion, using examples and symbolism from literature and life. Plus, I like his accent! We don’t hear many people who sound like him in the Midwest!
As you make plans for Lent in your parish, consider taking A Lenten Journey With Father Michael Himes
. This single DVD offers four programs (17-21 minutes each) in which Father Himes draws insights from the Lenten Sunday readings, particularly the stories of water, light and life from John’s Gospel. His presentations help us reflect on the meaning of baptismal faith and are ideal for use with adults preparing for Baptism, prayer or Bible study groups, and those gathered for a Lenten faith formation series. I’ve selected a clip from the first program to share with you (Media Player
The four programs span the readings of the first five Sundays of Lent:
- “What Is Temptation, Really?” covers how the readings for the first two weeks give us an overview of salvation history, from creation to new life in Christ.
- “Danger and Desire” shows water’s varied dimensions in the readings for the Third Sunday.
- “God Sees Into the Heart” looks at the theme of light and darkness in the Fourth Sunday.
- “Endless Possibilities” examines the readings of the Fifth Sunday and offers the insight that life holds endless possibilities; death will not have the last word.
The Sunday Scriptures invite us to explore the fullness of the spirituality of Lent. Let Father Michael Himes lead you to new insights and inspiration. A free leader’s guide is available online.