Book Review - The Examen Prayer: Ignatian Wisdom for Our Lives Today, by Fr. Timothy Gallagher, OMV

In light of the recent Home of the Mother of All Humanity, Mother of the Youth silent retreat, where retreatants were given the opportunity to experience guided meditations and to pray using an Ignatian style of prayer, there are three books written by Fr. Timothy M. Gallagher, OMV that I thought would be of great interest. Fr. Gallagher has many years of experience with Ignatian style of prayer and spiritual direction, has led numerous retreats, and is an instructor at schools of spiritual direction (the two I am aware of are: Our Lady of Divine Providence School of Spiritual Direction in Clearwater, FL and the Lanteri Center for Ignatian Spirituality in Denver, Colorado.)

Holy Thursday

One of the most beautiful books ever written on the Eucharist was written by a French writer and diplomat in the 1930s, reminiscing about the Holy Thursday liturgy of his childhood.  It is just under 100 pages and a fairly quick read, so it is not impossible to read it in a couple of sittings. I know a few people who try to read it every Holy Week as a preparation for the beginning of the Triduum and that lovely celebration of the Lord’s Last Supper.

Expectant Joy

Expectant Joy is a prayer resource for couples and families to journey through pregnancy together. The prayer is divided into trimesters and focuses on a different person of the Holy Trinity allowing the family to prepare their hearts and souls for the arrival of the newest little one on the way.

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God or Nothing

It is a common principle in Catholicism that God raises up the humble and lowly by His grace, as our own Blessed Mother proclaimed in her Magnificat (Luke 1:46).  We have many examples of our saints who started from very poor and insignificant places, and because of their love of God and their openness to His will, they are now acclaimed as great saints known all over the world.

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