Saturday, July 29, 2017

Integral as Integral can be

I am immersed in and thoroughly  enjoying the recently published book by Peter Kwasniewski, "Noble Beauty, Transcendent Holiness: Why the Modern Age Needs the Mass of Ages" (Angelico Press. Kindle Edition). An enthusiastic review on my part will be forthcoming. Meantime, I want to share a bit of vacation caprice or impulsiveness, as I followed a reference from Peter to a little book which I proceeded to read in one setting.

Clayton, David. 
The Little Oratory: 
A Beginner's Guide to Praying in the Home. 
Sophia Institute Press. Kindle Edition. 

Peter pointed to David's book as a resource used by Catholic families eager to live their faith, by parents seeking to share the "pearl of great price" with their children. It's mostly a how to book for praying at home, but includes some straightforward theology to ground the notion of more personal, private, and family prayer than many would think possible in the lives of ordinary Catholics. Here's a great quote:

"Thus, Christian life consists of a public, visible life of worship of God in the church; fellowship with other Christians; service to one’s neighbor; evangelization. And then there is the inner, invisible spiritual life of the Christian, which is less visible: the inner spiritual life of prayer and devotions, fasting and almsgiving." (p. 4)

I will do no more than propose David's book to those seeking resources to help with their family prayer. I would put it out there as a challenge to priests and church professionals lacking imagination when it comes to encouraging their people to make the "house church" all that it can be for the sake of the life of the world.
Take and read!

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