Recently the Sisters of Charity Federation posted a series of Lenten video reflections on prayer, fasting and almsgiving which are worth a second look in case you missed them. Here is an excerpt from the the talk on Fasting. Sister Rejane Cytacki, Sister of Charity of Leavenworth, generously shares some great ideas about fasting from “time-eaters”– those things that take our focus away from our prayer relationship with God. She also recommends a number of excellent books, listed below the video. Thank you to Sr. Rejane and the Federation for providing these videos!

Resources mentioned in this video:

  1. Prayer for Wholeness and Healing by S. Linda Buck, CSJ
  2. Keeping Vigil with the Mystery by Velma Frye on the Seven sacred pauses CD
  3. The Lenten Labyrinth by Fr. Ed Hayes
  4. Grace in Every Season by Catherine Doherty
  5. Open the Door by Joyce Rupp
  6. Redeeming Conflict by Ann Garrido

Source: This video is an edited version of one that originally appeared live on the Sisters of Charity Federation’s Facebook page @scharityfed. See the complete video here.

Explanation of this Lenten video series

The Sisters of Charity Federation is hosting a series of online video reflections during Lent [March 10-13, 2019]. Sisters and Daughters of Charity will go live on the federation’s Facebook page to share their perspectives and insights on prayer, fasting and almsgiving during the Lenten season. Audience participation is welcomed, encouraged, and eagerly anticipated!

Talks will be given in English and begin at 9 p.m. Eastern. This year’s schedule:

Sunday, March 10: Prayer — Sister Kara Davis, DC (Daughters of Charity Province of St. Louise)
Monday, March 11: Fasting — Sister Rejane Cytacki, SCL (Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth)
Tuesday, March 12: Almsgiving — Sister Celine Belliveau, NDSC (Religieuses de Notre-Dame-du-Sacré-Coeur)
Wednesday, March 13: Wrap-up — Sister Annie Klapheke, SC (Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati)

This year, the first week of Lent coincides with Catholic Sisters Week March 8-14 and National Women’s History Month. We recognize and honor the lives, mission and ministries of Catholic sisters throughout the United States and the world.

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