Everyday Divine: A Catholic Guide to Active Spirituality

Everyday Divine: A Catholic Guide to Active Spirituality

by Mary Poust


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Everyday Divine: A Catholic Guide to Active Spirituality by Mary Poust

Many people today are looking for opportunities to bring the spiritual into their everyday lives in non-traditional ways. Their days are so busy they can't imagine how they can fit in time to kneel or sit in prayer on a regular basis. As a result, they fly from one activity to the next at breakneck speed, always looking forward to some nonexistent time in the future when things will slow down long enough to allow them to breathe, center themselves, and pray.

Everyday Divine: A Catholic Guide to Active Spirituality helps busy readers explore different ways to achieve a place of stillness and peace while remaining very much in the world. In fact, the day-to-day activities of life become the pathway to prayer — even the prayer itself. Drawing on Catholic tradition, from ancient monastics to modern-day saints and sages, Everyday Divine looks at how we can adapt these ancient practices for modern times, quoting holy men and women on various methods and offering practical instructions and suggestions to help people put them into practice.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781615642007
Publisher: DK
Publication date: 11/06/2012
Pages: 284
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Mary DeTurris Poust is an author, columnist, and blogger who has focused on Catholic issues for almost 30 years. She is the author of The Essential Guide to Catholic Prayer and the Mass and The Complete Idiot's Guide® to the Catholic Catechism. She writes about the spiritual journey at her own blog, "Not Strictly Spiritual," and in her monthly column "Life Lines," which has been published in Catholic New York since 2001. She is co-host of "Guided by Grace," a new cable show for women on Telecare TV.

Table of Contents

1 Creating Calm Amid the Chaos 1

Desperately Seeking Serenity 2

An Undercurrent of Mindfulness 7

The Grace to Be a Beginner 11

Two Steps Forward 13

2 Building a Spiritual Foundation 17

A Few Prayer Essentials 18

Private Devotions 24

Ancient Traditions 28

3 turning chores into Spiritual Practice 33

Minding the Mundane 33

The Little Way 35

The Habit of Prayer 36

Labors of Love 38

The Waiting Game 43

4 Bringing Your Body into Prayer 47

Two Halves of the Same Whole 48

Body in Motion, Spirit in Stillness 49

Exercise as a Path to Spiritual Growth 51

In Sickness and in Health 61

5 The Work of Your Hands 67

Finding God in the Kitchen 67

Talent as Prayer Treasure 76

Taking God to Work 81

Using Technology to Pray 85

6 Sounds and Signs of the Spirit 89

Sacred Spaces and Sacramentals 89

Finding God in Nature 95

Praying Through Song 102

Outward Signs of Inward Movement 105

7 Silence, Simplicity, and Solitude 113

Setting Life to a Sacred Rhythm 113

Decluttering Your Home and Soul 117

Cultivating Silence in a Noisy World 121

Everyday Hermits 126

8 Dark Nights and Dry Spells 131

Is Anybody Out There? 131

Looking Beyond Answers 137

Learning to Persevere 140

Becoming a Fool for God 143

9 Pilgrimage of the Heart 147

Walking the Way of Faith 149

Physical Journeys on the Spiritual Path 150

Interior Pilgrimage 159

10 All of Life as Prayer 161

Transformed from the Outside In 162

One Day at a Time 166

On the Breath of God 170

Making Every Moment a Prayer 173


A Favorite Prayers 177

B Prayer Practices 190

C Everyday resources 197

Index 203

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