With Grateful Hearts: Spiritual Reflections for Everyday Living

Overview

In this delightful and inspiring resource, we offer fifty prayerful reflection for the spiritual journey. These are original pieces by writers who, inspired by the Holy Spirit, have reflected deeply on Scripture and its meaning for daily life. Included writers are Amy Wellborn, Elizabeth-Anne Steward, Sr. Ruth Marlene Fox, OSB, Mitch Finley, Fr. Kenneth E. Grabner, Steve Givens, Sr. Joyce Rupp, OSM, Fr. M. Basil Pennington, OCSO, Kevin Perrotta, Karla Manternach, Sr. Macrina Wiederkehr, OSB, Sr. Melannie Svoboda,...

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Overview

In this delightful and inspiring resource, we offer fifty prayerful reflection for the spiritual journey. These are original pieces by writers who, inspired by the Holy Spirit, have reflected deeply on Scripture and its meaning for daily life. Included writers are Amy Wellborn, Elizabeth-Anne Steward, Sr. Ruth Marlene Fox, OSB, Mitch Finley, Fr. Kenneth E. Grabner, Steve Givens, Sr. Joyce Rupp, OSM, Fr. M. Basil Pennington, OCSO, Kevin Perrotta, Karla Manternach, Sr. Macrina Wiederkehr, OSB, Sr. Melannie Svoboda, SND and many others. They share personal and prayerful reflections about everyday difficulties and achievements in their spiritual lives. These lovely vignettes move through the liturgical seasons of Advent, Lent, Easter, Special Days, and Ordinary Time. Each offers surprising insights about the power of faith and God's call to holiness through the ordinary actions and events of everyday life. This is a spiritual treasure and a wonderful gift book for all who strive to respond to God's word with open and grateful hearts.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585957736
  • Publisher: Twenty-Third Publications/Bayard
  • Publication date: 3/29/2010
  • Pages: 127
  • Sales rank: 983,234
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Right Word Just in Time 1

Advent

The Cry of the Broken-Hearted Elizabeth-Anne Stewart 6

Awake to the Marvels at Hand Fr. Kenneth E. Grabner, CSC 7

Don't Stifle the Joy Within You Mary Marrocco 8

Prayer for Withered Souls Elizabeth-Anne Stewart 9

How Suddenly Death Can Come! Mitch Finley 10

Recovering the Stillness of Advent Elizabeth-Anne Stewart 11

I Need "Doses of Encouragement" Sr. Joyce Rupp, OSM 12

Make Mary's Prayer Your Own Charlotte A. Rancilio 13

Generosity Is the Heart of Faith Amy Welborn 14

Preparing the Way Elizabeth-Anne Stewart 15

Remembering to "Exult in God" Sr. Joyce Rupp, OSM 16

A Time to Wait Sr. Ruth Marlene Fox, OSB 17

Lent

Looking to God for My Peace Amy Welborn 20

A Sign That Heals and Comforts Fr. Anthony Schueller, SSS 21

In Lent, There's No "Life as Usual" Elizabeth-Anne Stewart 22

Building Our Heavenly Accounts Fr. M. Basil Pennington, OCSo 23

Losing Ourselves in Service Mitch Finley 24

Is Revenge Really Sweet? Fr. Kenneth E. Grabner, CSC 25

Is God Like an "Aching Parent"? Nancy F. Summers 26

Jesus Asks Us to Drink of the Spirit Elizabeth-Anne Stewart 27

Following the Tug of God's Lead Jean Royer 28

Learning the Depth of God's Love Mitch Finley 29

Neighbors' Weeds Are Easier to See Sr. Ruth Marlene Fox, OSB 30

"The First Book of Revelation" Sr. Joyce Rupp, OSM 31

"Lifting Up My Emptiness" Sr. Ruth Marlene Fox, OSB 32

God's Rules Mean a Life Worth Living Mitch Finley 33

What's the Bottom Line in My Life? Steve Givens 34

The Promise of Rewards Sr. Ruth Marlene Fox, OSB 35

God Wants Our Attention Fr. M. Basil Pennington, OCSO 36

Guided by Mercy, Not Guilt Amy Welborn 37

Thank God for Grace to Forgive Fr. James Stephen Behrens, OCSO 38

The Shattered Dish James E. Adams 39

Everybody Has a Story Amy Welborn 40

The High Price of Selling Out Sr. Joyce Rupp, OSM 41

Fatherly Devotion Mark Neilsen 42

The Strength Faith Brings Aileen O'Donoghue 43

Work in Progress Mark Neilsen 44

Turning a New Leaf Lucia Godwin 45

Easter

Who Is Waiting for My Prayer? Sr. Ruth Marlene Fox, OSB 48

God Is Revealed in Everything Mary Marrocco 49

Learn to Be Untroubled of Heart Fr. James McKarns 50

Learning What Pleases God Sr. Ruth Marlene Fox, OSB 51

A Time for "Raw and Rude Prayers" Kevin Perrotta 52

Too Good to Be True? Fr. Stephen J. Rossetti 53

Joyful Giving Karla Manternach 54

The Awesome Power of the Spirit Sr. Macrina Wiederkehr, OSB 55

Darkness Defeated Elizabeth-Anne Stewart 56

Jesus Rebukes Out of Love Mark Neilsen 57

Learning to Trust God Sr. Marguerite Zralek, OP 58

The Gift of God's Presence Sr. Joyce Rupp, OSM 59

Special Days

Mary: One of Us Sr. Melannie Svoboda, SND

January 1, Mary, The Mother Of God 62

A Biblical Model for Graceful Aging Sr. Marguerite Zralek, OP

February 2, Presentation Of The Lord 63

A Heart Open to God's Voice Jean Royer

March 19, St. Joseph 64

An Exemplar of Faithfulness Jean Royer

March 19, St. Joseph 65

Prenatal Premonition Amy Welborn

May 31, The Visitation Of The Blessed Virgin Mary 66

Loved-and Loving in Return Sr. Mary Terese Donze, ASC

Sacred Heart of Jesus 67

Seeking God in My Own Heart Mary Marrocco

Immaculate Heart of Mary 68

A Loving Familiarity With Jesus Sr. Melannie Svoboda, SND

July 22, St. Mary Magdalene 69

The Woman of the People Kevin Perrotta

August 15, Assumption of The Blessed Virgin Mary 70

Mary Has Been Honored by God Fr. M. Basil Pennington, OCSO

August 22, Queenship of The Virgin Mary 71

The Cross: Sign of Life and Death Sr. Joyce Rupp, OSM

September 14, The Exaltation of the Holy Cross 72

Our Path to Holiness Sr. Melannie Svoboda, SND

November 1, All Saints 73

Surviving Family Misunderstandings Mark Neilsen

Holy Family Sunday 74

Ordinary Time

Too Many Burdens Nancy F. Summers 76

Letting Go of Our Best-Laid Plans Amy Welbom 77

A Time to Savor God's Gifts to Us James McGinnis 78

We Are Each Other's Keeper Sr. Mary Terese Donze, ASC 79

Learning to Lean on God Sr. Joyce Rupp, OSM 80

The Key to the Golden Rule James E. Adams 81

The Abuse of Religious Faith Nancy F. Summers 82

The Source of Our Hope James E. Adams 83

Time to Grow Up Anne Bingham 84

Making Room Daily for the Spirit Fr. James Stephen Behrens, OCSO 85

A Tale of Divine Mercy Mark Neilsen 86

Joy Eternal Fr. M. Basil Pennington, OCSO 87

Helping the Wayward Return Steve Givens 88

Praising God Is Easy to Do Mark Neilsen 89

Shepherding Is Caring for Others Sr. Joyce Rupp, OSM 90

Finding the Resources We Need Elizabeth-Anne Stewart 91

Graphic Images That Shock James E. Adams 92

"Under the Fig Tree" Fr. James McKarns 93

The Spirit Helps Us Recognize God Amy Welborn 94

Simeon's Prayer of Gratitude James E. Adams 95

Living With Death Sr. Melannie Svoboda, SND 96

"A Moment of Gratitude and Humility" Mark Neilsen 97

Divine Delight Nancy F. Summers 98

Pondering God's Kindness Amy Welborn 99

Don't Fear, Jesus Is at the Helm Elizabeth-Anne Stewart 100

Early-Morning Brooding Fr. James McKarns 101

"Seize the Hope Set Before Us" Anonymous 102

A Song of Gratitude Sr. Macrina Wiederkehr, OSB 103

Seek Cheerfulness as a Gift of God Kevin Perrotta 104

God Is Greater Than the Cosmos Aileen O'Donoghue 105

Transforming Experiences Fr. James Krings 106

"I Forget the Largeness I'm Part of" Mary Marrocco 107

Our True Riches Sr. Melannie Svoboda, SND 108

Comforter Sr. Joyce Rupp, OSM 109

The Majesty of the Night Stars Sr. Ruth Marlene Fox, OSB 110

God Reaches Us in Simple Ways Nancy F. Summers 111

Disciples Must Not Retaliate Mark Neilsen 112

Timekeeper Sr. Ruth Marlene Fox, OSB 113

The Gift of Contentment Jean Royer 114

"Every New Ending Is a New Beginning" Terri Mifek 115

Opening to the Spirit Larry Neeb 116

A Mixed Blessing Sr. Ruth Marlene Fox, OSB 117

More Good Done Than We Realize Fr. James McKarns 118

Remembering the Good in Our Life Mitch Finley 119

Awareness of Death Isn't Morbid Amy Welborn 120

The Mysterious Seeds in Our Life Sr. Ruth Marlene Fox, OSB 121

Transformed by Love Mark Neilsen 122

Index of Scripture 123

Index of Contributors 126

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