Mother Susan's Recommendation
Abide - Keeping Vigil with the Word of God, by Sister Abide
Macrina Wiederkehr. Keeping Vigil with the Word of God Each morning and throughout the day, we have the privilege of offering God both our 'priestly' and 'affective' prayers. Praying the Daily Offices (Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer or Compline), is priestly prayer which benefits us, the pray-er - but this type of prayer is principally offered, with and for the welfare of others around the world. Saying the Daily Office is our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving - where we remember our place in the Created order - and thank God for all his many graces, guidance and protection. But the sweetness of affective prayer is when we take the time to get intimate with God, and allow our heart space to hear him tell us - "I love you." Recently, I'm enjoying this book, "Abide." It helps me pray over a single verse of scripture, and open heart-space for Jesus to minister to my soul. The book is composed of short (2-3 page) reflections of a scripture verse, with some reflection questions and a prayer to close out your prayer time. Sister Macrina (a Benedictine nun for over 50 years) invites us to rest in the sanctuary of God's heart. I am finding it a wonderful, soul-nurturing, life-long bedside book...
Father Nick's Book Recommendation:
The Heart of the World by Thomas Keeting
Tis the season of catechesis here at St. Christopher's. While the catechism found in the back of the 1979 Book of Common Prayer is fundamental to the teaching of the Episcopal Church, I have found that Keating's book The Heart of the World is an excellent companion. While the new subtitle of the book reads, “An Introduction to Contemplative Christianity," its original subtitle was, "A Spiritual Catechism." I found that reading Keating's book offered me a unique experience. It allowed me to explore subjects within our catechism such as: sacrifice, redemption, salvation, faith, and prayer through a contemplative lens as well as through a scholastic one. Our Christian heritage contains such a rich contemplative wisdom that it would be a shame if we did not include it in our catechesis. So, I encourage you to explore contemplative Christinity's literature