CV NEWS FEED // The Knights of Columbus is partnering with the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal (CFR) this Lent to offer a special printing of Born of Fire, a daily devotional that will encourage men to “enter the desert” and deepen their relationships with God.
Longtime member of the Franciscan Friars, Father Innocent Montgomery, CFR, first wrote “Born of Fire, A Lenten Daily Devotional for Men,” in 2022.
Supreme Knight Patrick Kelly stated in an email press release, “The Knights of Columbus is excited to partner with the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal to help Catholic men ‘enter the desert’ during Lent with Father Innocent Montgomery, as he guides them through exercises for spiritual growth so they can draw closer to God.”
“Born of Fire aligns with the founding mission of the Knights, as we work to strengthen Catholic men as husbands, fathers, members of their parishes and their communities,” Kelly added.
“Identity” is a key focus in the devotional. In Born of Fire, “each week of Lent [is] dedicated to reflecting on seven different identities of the masculine heart: Son, Brother, Man, Spouse, Father, Mystic and New Man,” the press release states:
The reflections in Born of Fire are based on the friars’ prayerful journeys into the wilderness where they emulate the life of Jesus, who was led by the Holy Spirit into the desert for 40 days and 40 nights, where he prayed, fasted and was tempted.
The Knights of Columbus website states, “Through daily reflections for all of Lent and the start of the Easter season, Fr. Innocent Montgomery helps the reader understand his identity while drawing him closer to Christ. This book is perfect for any man who wants to take on a serious Lenten practice to grow in their spiritual life.”
On Sundays, the devotional focuses on praying with Scripture, and on Mondays, the devotional focuses on the theme for the week.
On Tuesdays, the devotional will provide men with “a witness account from the desert,” and on Wednesdays, the devotional challenges men to “examine what actually happened at your baptism,” according to the press release. Thursdays will resemble Tuesdays by highlighting a second “witness account from the desert.”
Every Friday of Lent, the devotional provides a “guided meditation in a eucharistic Holy Hour.” Saturdays will be a day of reflection on what was prayed with during the week.
The Knights of Columbus edition of Born of Fire is available here.