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Living Faith Day By Day
     

Living Faith Day By Day

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by Debra K Farrington
 

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ISBN-10: 0595413528

ISBN-13: 2900595413521

Pub. Date: 09/27/2006

Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated

A full spiritual life goes beyond Sunday mornings and bedtime prayers, encompassing the way we work and play, eat and breathe, love and learn. Since ancient times, monastic communities have recognized this and used guidelines to focus on the sacred in all aspects of life and to strengthen their love of God. Today many people continue to find inspiration -- and clear,

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A full spiritual life goes beyond Sunday mornings and bedtime prayers, encompassing the way we work and play, eat and breathe, love and learn. Since ancient times, monastic communities have recognized this and used guidelines to focus on the sacred in all aspects of life and to strengthen their love of God. Today many people continue to find inspiration -- and clear, concrete guidance -- in these "rules." This book is designed to help you discover your own spiritual path by drawing on the traditions of a wide variety of ancient and contemporary religious orders to form your own personal rule of life. It includes fascinating historical detail and modern-day examples, and shows us how to develop and express our spirituality

God lives in the small details and the seemingly mundane tasks, in the rhythm of our feet upon the earth as well as in the gaze we focus on the heavens. With this book you can discover the rhythms that millions before you have heard -- and follow your own unique steps on the path.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900595413521
Publisher:
iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/27/2006
Pages:
292

Table of Contents

Part IWhat is a Rule of Life?
1.The Invitation3
2.Discovering a Rule You Can Live with16
Part IILiving a Rule of Life
3.Seeking God35
Bring Everything to God40
Give Thanks44
Seek the Will of God48
Contemplate God Everywhere52
4.Prayer56
Set Aside a Place for Prayer59
Practice Silence63
Pray Without Ceasing67
Pray for Your Enemies72
Pray Many Ways77
Embrace Periods of Dryness in Your Prayer81
Make Time for Retreats85
5.Work89
Be Grateful for the Gift of Work93
Seek Your Vocation97
Pray While Working101
Listen for the Wisdom of the Community105
Practice Careful Stewardship109
Admit Your Limits113
Refrain from Harsh Words and Thoughts117
Measure Success with Humility121
6.Study124
Read Regularly127
Put Aside Times for Study131
Meditate on God's Word136
Study the Ancient Wisdom140
Learn from Others143
Study All of God's Creation147
7.Spiritual Community152
Find a Worship Community156
Observe the Seasons As a Spiritual Journey160
Take the Eucharist Regularly166
Use Tension in Community Creatively171
See a Spiritual Director175
8.Care of Our Body180
Listen to Your Body183
Sleep Enough188
Express Affection193
Rest When You Are Ill198
Wear Something to Remind You of Your Rule202
Exercise for the Good of Your Soul206
Eat Properly210
9.Reaching Out215
Simplify Your Needs218
What You Have Belongs to God222
Give According to Your Abilities226
Take Action Against Injustice230
10.Hospitality235
Practice Hospitality to All238
Accept Others As They Are242
Expect Abundance247
Be Awake to the Dangers of Unlimited Hospitality251
Give Others Space255
Accept What Exists260
Accept Hospitality from Others264
Rules Cited and Sources269
Notes273

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Living Faith Day by Day 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Definitely one of the better books on the subject. It is an easy read and in very down to earth ways shows the reader about the monastic life and teaches you how to make it your own. The author's wisdom and warmth really come across.