Wednesday, October 17, 2012

'Calm the Soul: A Book of Simple Wisdom and Prayer'


The Poor Clare Sisters in Galway have a book of simple meditations to lead people from the business of ordinary life to an inner dialogue with God in prayer. It has been recommended to me and I am happy to pass the information on to you. What's more WH Smith is doing a special discounted offer for those who place the orders. You can see the full details here. What follows are a few lines from the introduction:

'Prayer is the life of the soul. Just as our bodies need nourishment so too, do our souls' The Poor Clare, Galway. We spend our lives searching for happiness and fulfilment from external sources: work, material wealth, status, appearance. We can forget that to find peace and contentment we also need to focus on our souls and our spiritual well-being. In Calm the Soul The Poor Clares, an enclosed order of nuns based on Nuns' Island Galway, draw on the fruit of their monastic lives to show us simple prayer ideas and meditations to help nourish our souls and find a sense of calm in today's world. With practical advice in preparing for prayer, the Poor Clares look at ways we can incorporate prayer into our day-to-day lives, slowly building up the amount of time spent in prayer and meditation to achieve a sense of peace and well-being. They combine reflections on familiar prayers such as the Our Father and Hail Mary with meditations on Scripture and prayers for specific needs such as depression, self-esteem, and sickness to bring us an inspiring spiritual book which offers faith and hope to anyone seeking solace in today's world. 'Prayer and holiness is for everyone in every situation. It is having our whole being in harmony with God's plan for us. We will never achieve true happiness if we continue to search for it outside the very source of love, which we know is God Himself.' 

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