Often in the spiritual life we need a little guidance. We set aside time every day to pray, but we simply don't know where to begin. Or we may have read all the spiritual books on our shelves and are out of ideas for what to read next for daily inspiration.
Look no further. If you are interested in short digestible readings that feed the soul every day of the year, you have come to the right place.
Our national director, Father James Kubicki, SJ, has recently published a brand new book with Ave Maria Press called, "A Year of Daily Offerings." Known for his daily reflections on our YouTube channel and Catholic radio, Father Kubicki provides a simple, yet deep reflection for every day of the year that incorporates the Pope's Worldwide Prayer Network's custom of a Morning Offering.
Here is a more complete description from the publisher:
"A Year of Daily Offerings is a prayerful 366-day experience immersed in the lives of the saints, the rhythm of the Church calendar, and the stories of ordinary people who lived the Eucharist in their daily lives. It will help you reorder not just your devotional life, but the entire way of looking at your day.
This thoughtful, yearlong book of morning meditations from Rev. James Kubicki, S.J.—national director of the Apostleship of Prayer and bestselling author of A Heart on Fire—provides a rich array of reflections based on Ignatian spirituality that invite you to begin each day with a sincere offering of your life to God."
In addition to the morning reflection, Father Kubicki offers a "Daily Word," a sentence meditation for the afternoon and a brief "Evening Review" to end the day. Father Kubicki provides a great resource that is perfect for those who need a brief meditation to start the day that incorporates Scripture, the liturgical calendar and Ignatian spirituality.
Besides Father Kubicki's new book, Douglas Leonard has written another, "Sacred Reading" guide for 2017. Leonard provides an easy to use guide to lectio divina (divine reading) that takes a reader into the daily Scripture readings at Mass and helps them enter in. The book incorporates this ancient practice of the Church in a way that allows anyone to pick it up and immerse themselves in Scripture on a daily basis. (Note: besides the guide for the entire year, there are also smaller guides for Advent and Lent.)
Here is the description of the book from the publisher:
This powerful and inspiring prayer book from the Apostleship of Prayer—“the pope's worldwide prayer network”—engages readers with the Church's daily scripture readings and introduces Catholics and other Christians to the traditional spiritual devotion known as lectio divina, or “sacred reading,” in a new way.
Led in your daily journey by the Apostleship of Prayer—an international Jesuit prayer ministry—you’ll use an accessible, six-step process inspired by Ignatian spirituality that will enhance your reading of scripture and provide you with practical applications that will change your heart and enrich your prayer life.
Sacred Reading: The 2017 Guide to Daily Prayer guides you through the Church’s daily gospel readings, as well as readings for solemnities and feast days, asking you to
- know that God is present;
- read the gospel;
- notice what you think and feel;
- pray for yourself and others;
- listen to Jesus; and
- ask God to show you how to live today.
Beginning with Advent and following the entire Church year, this book is a catalyst for an intimate encounter with Christ by reading, reflecting, praying, and responding to the Word of God in a way that is both familiar and fresh.
If you (or someone you know) are looking for something new and different every day of the year that fills that spiritual tank, check out these two books!