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Do You Know Enough About Immigration?

When I saw the title of the book, “Trails of Hope and Terror: Testimonies of Immigration”, I was immediately drawn to read this account by Miguel De La Torre. I knew I did not know much about immigration and what a Christian view should be. Even the Preface was packed with vital information about the history of our country, much of which I had never known.

Each of the seven sections (Borders, Economics, Myths, Family Values, the Politics of Fear, Perspectives, and Ethical Responses) examines an issue and then includes stories or testimonies by undocumented migrants and those who work with the undocumented. The chapters conclude with a poem, prayer or a song that expresses the hope and the terror involved in crossing the border between Mexico and the United States.

The book can be purchased through Amazon.com or from Maryknoll’s Orbis books.


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The Breath of the Soul: Reflections on Prayer by Joan Chittister, OSB

This new book attends to what we humans are most inclined to forget: preparing for and engaging in prayer. It is an examination of what we ourselves must bring to the discipline of prayer–whatever form it takes–in order to make prayer authentic and real, a deep and profound part of our lives.
Available at the Twenty-third Publications Book Store. As reviewed in Transformation a publication of the Religious Formation Conference.

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100_5653This past week I made my annual retreat at our place in beautiful Pine Mountain. With me I took a little volume entitled, I Heard God Laughing by Hafiz, a 14 century Sufi poet. Let me share with you the first poem, a delightfully playful verse.

A Divine Invitation

You have been invited to meet

The Friend.

No one can resist a Divine Invitation.

That narrows down all our choices

To just two:

We can come to God

Dressed for Dancing


Be carried on a stretcher

To God’s Ward!

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13_rays_fog_trees_rmbFrom time to time I pick up a volume that never ceases to challenge me. The book “Abandonment to God” by Jean-Pierre De Caussade, S.J., (d.1751) calls the reader to give each moment of the day to God, trusting that His Providence has ordered everything for our good. “The present moment is an ever-flowing source of holiness,” Caussade says, “and all will be well if we abandon ourselves to the will of God.” Of course, suffering from “spiritual amnesia”, I eventually fall back into feeling that I alone am responsible for the proper running of the world. Still, his advice is a powerful antidote for habits of worry and control: dwelling on the past, fearing for the future, gnawing on regrets, and anticipating the worst.

What if, as curators of our own contentment, we followed Caussade’s advice and cultivated habits of recollection, of a loving awareness of God’s presence and providence? Nothing in our day would lack meaning or peace, for we would discover that the peace we seek is already within us.

“The well of Providence is deep. It’s the buckets we bring to it that are small.” Mary Webb

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Home_Photo_booksOpen The Door by Joyce Rupp, Sorin Books, 2008

An excellent summer read, Joyce Rupp explores the image of the door as an invitation to deeper spiritual growth. The author has a remarkable ability to help people find God in their everyday experiences. Designed for individual or group use, daily reflections challenge the reader(s) to open the doors that lead to God and the true self.


Sister Amy SND

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