It’s the second day of our Lenten journey. I am setting aside Preston & Child, Rosamunde Pilcher, Robin Cook , Barbara Taylor Bradford and other books in my stash to give way to some spiritual readings which I promised myself to do every year. So aside from the Bible and My Bible Diary 2012, I have listed the books I will be reading in this season of Lent. Although I read them now and then, there’s nothing like the season of Lent to renew one’s spiritual journey through these inspiring books.
I bought this a year ago. It’s been on my wish list for so long and I was jumping with joy when I finally found a copy in one of my visits to St. Paul’s bookstore. And to give you a glimpse of what is inside this book, let me quote:
Each one of us has exactly the same value and dignity as every single other person on Earth.
Each one of us is absolutely unique in time, space and eternity i.e. the now of human existence and in life eternal. There are no clones in God’s universe!
Each one has her or his unique role to play her or his special gift to make to the planet.
This is a gift from Carol, a former high school classmate who visited me when I was recuperating from chemotherapy sessions two years ago. An unforgettable book, touching the lives of millions who love St. Therese of Lisieux.
I know that every soul cannot be alike. there must be different kinds so that each of the perfections of God can be specially honored. To me, he has revealed his infinite mercy, and I see all his other attributes in the light of that. Thus they all seem glowing with love: His justice, perhaps even more than the others is clothed with love, for how sweet a joy it is to think that God is just; that, in other words, he makes allowances for our weaknesses and understands perfectly the frailty of our humanity.
This is a gift from Fr. Tacky, a Franciscan priest friend based in Rome. It’s one of my favorite books. They are short stories on the life of St. Francis of Assisi.
Both are important
The Journey and Dream,
The coming out and entering in.
Without the Journey
The Dream is a futile entering into yourself
Where you ride a monotonous wheel
That spins around you alone.
To remain on the road too long
Dims the Dream until you no longer see it
And the road replaces the dream.
The Journey and the Dream
Are one balanced act of love
And both are realized
Outside the mind.
We all know who Fr. Nouwen is. The internationally renowned priest and author, respected professor and beloved pastor Henri Nouwen (pronounced Henry Now-win) wrote over 40 books on the spiritual life. He corresponded regularly in English, Dutch, German, French and Spanish with hundreds of friends and reached out to thousands through his Eucharistic celebrations, lectures and retreats. Since his death in 1996, ever-increasing numbers of readers, writers, teachers and seekers have been guided by his literary legacy. Nouwen’s books have sold over 2 million copies and been published in over 22 languages.
Prayer is the bridge between my unconscious and conscious life. prayer connects my mind with my heart, my will with my passions, my brain with my belly. Prayer is the divine instrument of my wholeness, unity and inner peace.
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