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Monday, October 30, 2006

Recommended Reading For Anyone

"A great gift for Christmas, or even better, Advent, since it begins with the beginning of the liturgical year. Something we wish we could carry in the gift shop"

Mr. Moose

DIVINE INTIMACY: Meditations on the Interior Life for every day of the Liturgical Year
Father Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalene, OCD

This is an excellent book for daily spiritual reading and growth. I have had it for several years, and made a habit of noting the date when I read that particular chapter. What I have ended up with is a record of where I started and, unfortunately, stopped reading this book as part of my spiritual growth. I hope that one day I will fill each page with dates indicating that each page is complete.

The book is set up for an older liturgical calendar than the one we presently use (the book was completed in the 1960's), so the Mass readings do not always correspond to ours. Nevertheless, it is still worth it. Each day's readings start with a prayer to put ourselves in the presence of God. The next section consists of a meditation in two parts. The final section is a colloquy, or prayer, which includes a resolution to improve one’s spiritual life in some manner.

Here is part of one of the resolutions, which I find to be a good passage to meditate upon, especially when I find my attempts at prayer or meditation to be interrupted by some task that needs my attention:

"O Jesus, grant that like You I may live in continued union with God and at the same time give myself to my neighbor. May I lead a life of continual recollection, prayer, and contemplation, yet a life wholly devoted to service of others."

In your charity of prayers, please remember my wife who will undergo a minor procedure on the Feast of All Saints. Thank you.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I have read this book and it is excellent for daily mental prayer. Of course it was written for Carmelite nuns who do 2 hours of mental prayer a day.
Although it was written for the old rite, that is only noticable on Sundays since the entries are based on the Mass readings. But the Mon - Fri entries are spirituality based.

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