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Time for God — Fr Jacques Philippe’s Classic on Mental Prayer

January 18, 2017 by  
Filed under Books, Mental Prayer, Nancy HC Ward, Prayer

Time for God Father Jacques Philippe's Classic on Mental Prayer   Time for God by Jacques Philippe is about mental prayer. Facing God in solitude and silence for a time, to enter into intimate, loving communication with him. I read this as a participant in a group study initiated by my covenant community, with talks each Sunday on the five chapters of this small but dynamic book. It is a resource... Read More

St Thomas Aquinas for Everyone — Book Review

St Thomas Aquinas for Everyone by Dave Palmer Book Review by Nancy Ward   “St. Thomas is the greatest doctor of the Church,” author Dave Palmer said, “and I assert that children can be taught his basic philosophy, as I do with my 11- and 7-year olds.” Let’s Go Find God is the enticing teaser of Volume I. The full title of the series tells it all: St. Thomas Aquinas for Everyone, 30 Quick... Read More

Can I Trust Father Thomas Keating?

Can I Trust Father Thomas Keating? “Open Mind, Open Heart” Book Review Trappist Abbot Thomas Keating is one of the foremost promoters of the practice of Centering Prayer. His book Open Mind, Open Heart, first published in 1986, has sold over half a million copies. Is this book a good resource for growth in prayer? Can I trust Fr. Thomas Keating as a guide to the spiritual life? In this... Read More

Spiritual Steps for Your Choleric Child

June 30, 2015 by  
Filed under Books, Family Life, Nancy HC Ward, Spiritual Life

Saint or Tyrant? A Spiritual Growth Plan for Your Choleric Child   Hippocrates noted four patterns of behavior: choleric, sanguine, phlegmatic and melancholic. Author, mother and blogger Connie Rossini has created a dynamic new set of spiritual growth plans for her children. She shares her strategies in the first book of the series: A Spiritual Growth Plan for Your Choleric Child. Here we learn... Read More

A Mystical Encounter with God

Mystical encounters abound, but they are not always from God. The Church takes these experiences seriously and thus provides guidelines for our discernment. Sometimes the Church rules in a definitive way regarding their validity, but often there is no ruling or no need for one. In my own life, I have encountered a number of mystics, some of whom I perceived to be authentic and others of whom I perceived... Read More

True Freedom Through Prayer

March 30, 2014 by  
Filed under Books, Patti Armstrong, Prayer

“What the world most needs today is prayer,” according to Fr. Jacques Philippe, author and retreat master. His books on prayer and spirituality are printed in 18 languages and have sold over 500,000 copies. “Faithfulness to prayer is a path of freedom,” he writes in his newest book, Thirsting for Prayer.  He explains that prayer is more about spending time with God than asking for things.... Read More

Theophilos – Book Recommendation

January 7, 2011 by  
Filed under Books, Dan Burke, Resources

Because I spend most of my time reading technical works of spiritual theology, my imagination suffers. Realizing this I decided to take up a work of fiction that I thought would help reignite some creative thinking. In my selection I believed that the author (Michael O'Brien) would help me achieve this goal while at the same time providing me unique spiritual insights as he has in the past. This he... Read More

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