Daily reflections for prayer, growth in the spiritual life, and good prayer sources. This blog also has links to other websites. One feature is a list of spiritual books.
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Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Spiritual Reading Nourishes the Soul
Today I want to reflect with you why I think putting some spiritual books on this blog will be helpful. We cannot live without nourishing our bodies and we need to provide nourishment for our souls, too. The best spiritual reading is, of course, the Bible, the Word of God. Some take time each day to read a bit from both the Old Testament(Hebrew Scripture) and the New Testament(Christian Scripture) and I am a firm believer in Lectio Divina - a slow, repetitive reading of a passage until you really have not only read it but meditated it, prayed over it, and then just be with it. This method of reading, meditating, praying, and contemplating was made popular by the Benedictines in the Middle Ages(it had been around long before Benedict) and is still very much in use by many who pray today. There are great spiritual classics and I am sure I will be mentioning many as I do teach these, but I want to make known some of the contemporary authors who are writing today and whose books do nourish the soul. I plan to feature at least one author a week and hope to mention a few books each week and say something about the books chosen. Just be patient as I also want to continue reflecting on the many things the Holy Spirit brings to mind.
Hello, my name is Helen Rosenthal, RSCJ. Those initials stand for Religious of the Sacred Heart in Latin, French, Italian, and Spanish. Since my religious congregation began in France in 1800 and now is all over the world, we have kept the RSCJ. By now you know that I am not only known as Dr. Helen Rosenthal, but also as Sister Helen Rosenthal.
I am the oldest of four children. We were all born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. We lived in a big house with a playroom on the third floor. On Sundays we either went to my paternal grandmother's house where her six children would gather faithfully for supper or we would have my mother's father and our great aunt and uncle for a roast beef dinner at home. In summer, I would go to the lake with my Dad and I still love to swim.