Forty Weeks is the popular application of the ten-week prayer discipline presented in SSI’s first publication, Sacred Story: An Ignatian Examen for the Third Millennium. It is a vital tool for personal growth and more importantly, for parish-wide renewal programs in this Year of Faith and beyond.
This dynamic pastoral resource was developed with input from hundreds of lay Catholics in six parishes across the Seattle Archdiocese, and is designed to be used as an annual faith-formation resource for many parish programs.
The forty-week program is divided into three sections. The first section focuses participants on understanding the narrative threads of their personal history, the Commandments, patterns of sin/addiction, and the Lord’s desire for their healing. This prepares participants for their Whole-Life Confession, which concludes part one. Part two teaches the five-part Sacred Story Examen prayer method, and part three is a course on spiritual discernment.
Forty Weeks has been created by Sacred Story Institute to serve the renewal of the Church. As part of our mission, the materials are freely available on the web by registering as a Member on the SSI website.
In the coming months, Forty Weeks to Christ will also be available to purchase (both in printed and digital e-book format) along with our other Publications. Proceeds support the continued operation of the Institute, including the creation of modular materials for specific groups and additional research protocols to enhance effective evangelization.
For those interested in expanding the impact of the Forty Weeks program for their faith community, SSI offers Whole Life Survey© (WLS) renewal services, leveraging SSI’s original research methodologies.