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Primary reading to nurture spirituality

Bourgeault, Cynthia: Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening
Cowley, Cambridge 2004.

Leddy, Mary Jo: Radical Gratitude
Orbis Books, Maryknoll NY 2003
Includes beautiful prayers, Mary Jo considers the demands of a consumer and environmental crisis in this reflection and suggests true change can only come from true gratitude.

Nouwen, Henri J. M: Making All Things New: An invitation to the Spiritual Life
Harper Collins 1981

Nouwen, Henri J. M: Reaching Out: The Three Movements of Spiritual Life
Doubleday, NY 1975
These two Nouwen books are core spiritual classics.

Sandford, John A: The Kingdom Within, The inner meaning of Jesusí sayings
Harper, San Francisco 1987.

Resources for designing prayerful times

Cotter, Jim: Psalms for a Pilgrim People
Morehouse Publishing, Harrisburg PA 1998

Merrill, Nan C: Psalms for Praying, An invitation to wholeness
Continuum Press, NY 1998
Beloved reframing of the Psalter for the use of a contemplative prayer group

Prayer Books

Deignan, Kathleen, ed: Thomas Merton: A Book of Hours
Sorin Books, Notre Dame, IN 2007
A pattern of daily prayer using writings of Merton instead of scripture.

Celebrating Common Prayer
Bath Press, UK, 2002
From the European Province of the Society of St. Francis.

Tickle, Phyllis: The Divine Hours: Prayers for Springtime
Doubleday Press, NY 2001

Tickle, Phyllis: The Divine Hours: Prayers for Summertime
Doubleday Press, NY 2000

Tickle, Phyllis: The Divine Hours: Prayers for Autumn and Wintertime
Doubleday Press, NY 2000

Tickle, Phyllis: The Night Offices: Prayers for the Hours From Sunset to Sunrise
Oxford University Press, NY 2006

Enneagram

We are including some books on the Enneagram in this list. Although, some reject its wisdom as they believe it comes from outside the Christian tradition and is, therefore, invalid for us, others argue that they can trace it back past its use in the Sufi community to the desert fathers and mothers themselves. We have included these resources because Mentors who have knowledge in this area have found that if one can hear which intelligence others live in, one can better frame questions.†

Basically, the Enneagram is a 9-point model of integration.† It is based on the understanding that we have three "intelligences", that of our bodies (practical), that of our hearts (relational) and that of our minds (intellectual).† Every person operates from a strength, and every person has a blind spot, or weak area. The work is to know what point we live from, understand our strengths and the compulsions that hurt us, and then work to grow into a more secure, whole person, with the aid of the other points.


Hurley, K and Donson T: Discover Your Soul Potential, Using the Enneagram to Awaken Spiritual Vitality
Windwalker Press, Lakewood Co. 2000.

Hurley, K and Donson T: What's My Type? Using the Enneagram System of Nine Personality Types to Discover Your Best Self
Harper Collins Press, New York, 1992.

Hurley, K and Donson T: My Best Self: Using the Enneagram to Free the Soul
Harper Collins Press, New York, 1993.

Riso, Don Richard: Enneagram Transformations
Houghton Mifflin Co, Boston 1993.
Applies Enneagram wisdom with affirmations of those things we need to grow in, and offers release for those things that create distress and dis-ease in us

Zuercher, Suzanne: Using the Enneagram in Prayer
Ave Maria Press, Notre Dame 2008.


Our thanks to a group of Mentors in the Diocese of New Westminster who have so graciously shared these resources on personal spirituality. Come back often to look for new additions. Please feel free to offer additional material for this page. Send an E-mail to the WebMaster



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