from Frederick Borsch
longing, lamentation, pleas for justice see
Psalms 23, 32, 33, 34,62, 63, 69, 102, 103, 104,116 and more, perhaps
with Walter Brueggemannís Spirituality of the Psalms:
"The Book of Psalms provides the most reliable, pastoral,
and liturgical resource given us in the biblical tradition.".
. . "profoundly subversive of the dominant culture, which wants
to deny and cover over the darkness we are called to enter."
The Triple Victory
by Austin Farrer.
A classic meditation
by a master pastor and theologian.
"God has laid bare to us his very heart."
The Cloud of Unknowing
14th Century exploration of growth in the
life of the spirit. "For it is not what you are or have been
looks upon with the all-merciful eyes, but what you would be."
"Only to our intellect is God incomprehensible, not to our
Christ: A Devotional Commentary on the Rule of St. Benedict
by Norvene Vest.
is more important for human beings than learning
to live in harmony with Godís will, which is to say Godís love."
In the Foreword Robert Hale OSB Cam. writes, "Many
people are yearning for an interior life deeply rooted in God, humanly
balanced, and substantially founded in the Christian heritage."
George Herbertís Poems:
(1), The Collar, Love (III), Deniall, Prayer, Artillerie,
Agonie and more. R.S. Thomas wrote of Herbert: "Yeats
saw that out of his quarrel with others man makes rhetoric, but
out of his quarrel with himself poetry . . . what Herbert had was
not with others, nor with himself primarily, but with
God; and God always won."
by Dag Hammarskjold.
The record of
the spiritual longings and ups
and downs of a worldly, lonely and, at times, mystical man. "Conscious
of the reality of evil and the tragedy of the individual life,
and conscious, too, of the demand that life be lived with decency."
"In the faith which is ĎGodís marriage to the soulí you are
one in God and God is wholly in you, just as for you, He
in all you meet. With this faith in prayer you descend into yourself
to meet the Other."
Becoming Christ: Transformation through Contemplation
by Brian C. Taylor.
in the patient practice of contemplative prayer.
"It is becoming clearer and clearer to me over the years that
deepest level, we cannot change ourselves; but we can be changed."
Forgiven and Forgiving
by L. William Countryman.
are Godís best gifts to us. "Forgiveness is the most generous
of loves" "By forgiving and being forgiven we bring
(of the age to come) with us into the midst of the world."
The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming.
painting, and the painful honesty and humility of Henri Nouwenís
coming home: "As I look on my own aging hands, I
know that they have been given to me to stretch out toward all
who suffer, to rest upon the shoulders of all who come, and to offer
the blessing that emerges from the immensity of Godís love."
Together in the Spirit: A New Approach to Christian Community Ė
with a Study Guide
is long out-of-print, my
book offers guidance for a diverse, shared and ecumenical spirituality:
"However difficult it is to find words or images to describe
the sense of Godís presence, one cannot help but remark on the similarities
. . . . While these mystics and persons of prayers speak in different
tongues, their voices have an echoing timbre."