15 Days of Prayer with Saint Benedict

15 Days of Prayer with Saint Benedict

by Andr? Gozier

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ISBN-13: 9781565483408
Publisher: New City Press NY
Publication date: 10/01/2008
Series: 15 Days of Prayer , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 144
File size: 804 KB

About the Author

Dom André Gozier is a Benedictine monk of the Abbey of the Source in Paris. He is noted for his many publications dedicated to the spiritual life, to the liturgy, and to interreligious dialogue.

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CarolBlank More than 1 year ago
Gozier introduces the leader for this 15-day spiritual journey as the patron saint of failures. Benedict faced so many trials that he accepted them as his path to sainthood. Yet, Gozier writes, Benedict achieved his goal with the Rule he wrote for his religious community. The central theme of the retreat is to "truly seek God" as Benedict did. Topics include listening and looking for God, obedience, welcoming, peace, and prayer.

The sessions consist of a brief introduction followed by an exploration of the daily theme as played out in Benedict's life with applications for our time. Each session ends with reflection questions.

Session 2, Looking for God, centers on Chapter 4 of the Rule, 72 "instruments of the spiritual art." Gozier provides the list and points out that the final two instruments, make peace before sundown and never despair of God's mercy, summarize Benedict's whole teaching on forgiveness and hope. He recommends using the list as an examination of conscience. The day's reflection questions ask readers to think about ways these 72 "instruments of good works" can benefit our spiritual life: Which is my biggest challenge? Do I practice a measure of self-renunciation? Do I view the works of mercy as "antiquated"?

As part of a wider series, 15 Days of Prayer with Saint Benedict includes helpful guidelines for tailoring the retreat to personal preferences and schedules. The flexible format and short chapters make this a good resource for faith-sharing groups as well as individuals.