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Summer reading recommendations

While on retreat, I started reading David Steindl-Rast’s “Gratefulness, The Heart of Prayer: An Approach to Life in Fullness.” David Steindl-Rast is in his 90’s, a Benedictine monk from Vienna, who now lives in New York.  It’s a wonderful book–very encouraging to anyone who wants to pray more, who struggles with prayer, who would like to know more about prayer.  His writing is crystal clear at times, but at times, it can be a little dense because he is trying to put words to ineffable experience.  But it is well worth it as you can see from some of his quotes:

“One single gift acknowledged in gratefulness has the power to dissolve the ties of our alienation.” 

“The root of joy is gratefulness…It is not joy that makes us grateful; it is gratitude that makes us joyful.” 

“Everything is a gift. The degree to which we are awake to this truth is a measure of our gratefullness, and gratefullness is a measure of our aliveness.” 

Here is a link to his website:


I’ve also started Richard Rohr’s latest book, called “Just This.”  Here is a description from Amazon:

“Just This is a collection of brief and evocative meditations and practices that invites us to cultivate the gift of waking up to the beauty of reality in all its glorious ordinariness. With his signature blend of contemplation, theology, and pastoral sensitivity, Fr Richard Rohr creates a spaciousness for the soul to grow into a kind of seeing that goes far beyond merely looking to recognising and thus appreciating. This is the heart of contemplation, the centerpiece of any inner dialogue that frees us from the traps of our perceptions and preoccupations. The contemplative mind does not tell us what to see; it teaches us how to see what we behold.”

And here is a link to the Center for Action and Contemplation, Richard Rohr’s non-profit organization:

If you have book recommendations, email the church office and we will add them to the newsletter or put them on the website!  Happy Summer!

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