Stable Faith: Portraits of Grace from the Heartland

Stable Faith: Portraits of Grace from the Heartland

by Jim Schmitmeyer


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Stable Faith: Portraits of Grace from the Heartland by Jim Schmitmeyer

"When I'm alone with a horse, my soul is most renewed. As I work to move a colt past his fear of the unknown, I am reminded of the tentativeness of my trust in God. When I ride a trail through the autumn woods, my spirit surges with praise. And, when a new mount moves into a smooth lope, I pray that I might train the horses placed in my care with the same gentleness that God applies to me. The saddle creaks like a pew, the rhythm of the gait flows like a hymn. All is grace."

For this priest author, grace often arrives astride a horse. Although he shepherds a congregation in a suburb of Cincinnati, he rents a stall at a nearby barn and manages to get one or two young horses under saddle each month. The combination of his horse training and religious calling provides a unique angle on how people discover grace.

The individuals you will encounter in these pages represent a wide variety of ages, occupations, and interests. Most of them are friends and acquaintances of Fr. Jim. All of them live in close proximity to horses, and many of them strive for closer proximity to God. They are ordinary people with hectic lives and full schedules. Yet, as they work with their horses, they sense an opportunity for grace in the offing. As you read their stories, you will undoubtedly gain a sharper focus on the grace waiting to unfold in your own life.

About the Author:
Jim Schmitmeyer is a diocesan priest from Cincinnati, Ohio

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781585955831
Publisher: Twenty-Third Publications/Bayard
Publication date: 10/01/2006
Pages: 101
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.30(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Of Saddles & Sabbaths     1
Caesar, Lancelot, & Other Notables     9
A Good Impression     17
Diamonds     26
Five Smooth Stones     35
Tough Grace     41
Liturgy at High Elevation     48
Grieving with Horses     55
Bright Light on Broken Land     61
Letting Go     68
Souls at Risk     79
Blind Horse, Tin Horse     84
City Lights     89
Conclusion: A Lazy Ride with Lady Wisdom     97

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