Singing missionary and theology lecturer Sr Maeve Heaney VDMF has written a Lenten program designed to lead Catholics through forms of prayer “essential” to understanding the meaning of conversion. Source: The Catholic Leader.
Titled light from within, the new program includes prayerful reflections on the Sunday Gospels in Lent (Year A) and four new songs written by Sr Maeve, a consecrated missionary sister of Verbum Dei, which is Latin for “Word of God”.
It is the Irish-born sister’s first time writing a Lenten program in Australia, where she is director of the Xavier Centre for Theological Formation and senior lecturer at Australian Catholic University’s Banyo Campus.
Sr Maeve said Lent was a time of conversion, which was “not something you do” but rather “a journey of prayer” that led people to understand what they might need to seek from God. And what God might seek could be surprising.
“Conversion could be, ‘Maybe that I feel more loved? Let go of the pain holding inside? Discover joy?’,” Sr Maeve said. “And let God shed light on that.”
Sr Maeve shows glimpses of her own personal experiences of daily conversions through the accompanying music.
The second song on the accompanying CD, Every Moving Light, was written about the grace and peace Sr Maeve found after an exhausting period of mission.
“It’s about exhaustion and tiredness and Jesus crucified, and when ministry demands so much of you,” she said.
“I wrote if after a long year of mission. I sat in front of the crucifix and I felt so welcome and at peace, with the sense ‘You’re doing exactly what I want you to do, you can find me in that’. “If we’re attentive to faith, Christ is in our everyday life.”
Sr Maeve said she hoped the Lenten program would be a space for people to find new ways of letting God speak into areas of lives that needed converting to Christ.
The “light from within” book and CD are available separately through Garratt Publishing.
Verbum Dei missionary releases Lenten program in Australia (The Catholic Leader)