Recommended Reading

Jocelyn Thomas Features

As part of an occasional series, HNP Today suggests publications that are relevant to friars and their partners-in-ministry. The following books offer insights into spiritual topics suited well to the Lent season.

Rediscover Jesus (Beacon Publishing, 2015) by Matthew Kelly is recommended by Sacred Heart Parish, Tampa, Fla., which included information about it in a recent e-newsletter. “The book takes you on a 40-day spiritual journey and is an invitation to seek deeply personal answers to our personal questions,” said George Corrigan, OFM, pastor. “Whatever is happening in your life right now, nothing is more important than encountering Jesus anew. The chapters are short and manageable, and at the end of each one you’ll find a point to ponder, a verse to live by, a question to consider, and a prayer.”

The Name of God Is Mercy by Pope Francis (Random House, 2016) is recommended by the Provincial Council, which discussed the book at its February meeting. Among the ideas shared at the Council meeting were that the pope writes “with humanness and affection, touch and tenderness,” and that “we need to enter the darkness, the night in which so many of our sisters and brothers live,” reported Provincial Vicar Lawrence Hayes, OFM. One councilor said the book made him feel that he “wants that kind of relationship with God” and another said, “I am much more aware now of how often mercy is mentioned in the Eucharistic prayer.” The Council members agreed that the book includes a “good use of personal illustrations that show what really matters to Pope Francis and what formed and shaped him.”

What the Mystics Know: Seven Pathways to Your Deeper Self (Crossroad Publishing Company, 2015) by Fr. Richard Rohr, OFM, is recommended by Andrew Reitz, OFM, who described the book in a recent bulletin of St. Francis of Assisi Church, New York City, where he is pastor. The author presents short selections from many of the classical mystical writers, Andrew said. “He has organized these selections into seven chapters with interesting titles: the Enlightenment you seek already dwells with you; God is found in imperfection; contemplation means practicing heaven now; when you are transformed, other will be transformed through you… and more.” Fr. Richard, a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Province, is founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation in New Mexico.

The HNP Communications Office welcomes emails from readers who would like to suggest a book or periodical. Themes that are relevant to friars and partners-in-ministry — in addition to spirituality and news of the Catholic Church — include topics related to the Province’s committees and directorates: vocations, justice and peace, wellness, African-American and Hispanic ministries, and young adults. The previous “Recommended Reading” was published in August 2015.

— Compiled by Jocelyn Thomas

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