Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Year of Faith: A review

The Year of Faith: A Bible Study Guide for Catholics   
Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.
Our Sunday Visitor, 2012

     The study that can be performed individually or in a small group, lays down the foundation for the Year of Faith and the scriptural origins of our faith over the course of 6 lessons.  The guide recommended a lesson a week when used as part of a group study and I found that to be a doable pace completing the study individually.

     Each lesson begins with a quote from Pope Benedict's Porta Fidei the apostolic letter announcing the Year of Faith and then Father Pacwa using scriptural references and questions walks you through the tenets of the Church's faith.  I very much liked this approach for it allowed me to grow in understanding both of what our Holy Father aims for this year of renewal of faith to be about, and ways to accomplish that.  Each lesson contained different concepts to investigate and ideas to consider, later bible passages to study, discussion questions and finally several suggestions on how to put the lesson's central idea into practice.

     Overall I liked the study very much; I felt each lesson was well presented and well documented with quotations from the Scripture and the Catechism of the Catholic Church.  Each lesson builds well on the one previous.  I also found the discussion questions to be interesting and 'put into practice' suggestions to be challenging but very doable. I would recommend this bible study as part of anyones observance of the Year of Faith.

This review was written as part of the Catholic book reviewer program from The Catholic Company. Visit The Catholic Company to find more information on The Year of Faith. The Catholic Company has great gift ideas for all seasons of the liturgical year, be sure to check out their Advent selection and Catholic Christmas Gifts.

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