You say a prayer in your religion, and I will say a prayer as I know it. Together we will say this prayer and it will be something beautiful for God.
These gentle words of solace and care provide us with a glimpse of at a Mother Teresa we’ve often overlooked: Mother Teresa, the universal teacher of prayer.
The world has admired the Mother Teresa who devoted her life to caring for the poorest of the poor everywhere. But her close associates knew that all of Mother Teresa’s out activity of caring and action was the natural consequence of her devotion, the overflow of her deep inner life. They witnessed her reliance upon contemplative practice, and they recognized Mother Teresa not only as a devout Catholic, but also a great ecumenical teacher of prayer.
With this deeply profound collection of her writings on prayer, meditation, and silence, the nun now recognized as Saint Teresa offers guidance and inspiration for people of all faiths, or none, seeking to walk a spiritual path.
Everything Starts from Prayer simultaneously offers Saint Teresa’s spiritual guidance and provides a step-by-step introduction to prayer. The book organizes her inspirational teachings into six distinct meditations on the spiritual life integrating prayer, love, faith, and service:
1. The Need to Pray
2. Starting with Silence
3. Like a Little Child
4. Opening Your Heart
5. Ending with Silence
6. The Fruit of Prayer
|Publisher:||White Cloud Press|
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About the Author
Jorge Mario Bergoglio was born in Buenos Aires on December 17, 1936. On March 13, 2013, he became the Bishop of Rome and the 266th Pope of the Catholic Church.
Dr. Anthony Stern attended Harvard College and Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He has worked in a variety of settings as a community psychiatrist, currently at Mental Health Association of Westchester and Montefiore primary clinics in the Bronx. He has written and given talks about the interface between religion and psychology over the last thirty years.
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You and I have been created for greater things. We have not been created to just pass through this life without aim. And that greater aim is to love and be loved.
Some call him Ishwar, some call him Allah, some simply God, but we all have to acknowledge that it is He who made us for greater things: to love and be loved. What matters is that we love. We cannot love without prayer, and so whatever religion we are we must pray together.
You will find Calcutta all over the world if you have eyes to see. The streets of Calcutta lead to every man’s door. I know that you may want to make a trip to Calcutta, but it is easy to love people far away. It is not always easy to love people who live beside us. What about the ones I dislike or look down upon?
It is easy to be proud and harsh and selfishso easy. But we have been created for better things.
Where does love begin?
In our own homes. When does it begin?
When we pray together.
Table of ContentsTable of Contents
Foreword to the Second Edition ix
1. The Need to Pray 1
2. Starting with Silence 19
3. Like a Little Child 35
4. Opening Your Heart 69
5. Ending in Silence 99
6. The Fruit of Prayer 107
Retreat Resources 146
Further Reading 148
Sources & Acknowledgements 161