"The man who fears to be alone will never be anything but lonely, no matter how much he may surround himself with people. But the man who learns, in solitude and recollection, to be at peace with his own loneliness, and to prefer its reality to the illusion of merely natural companionship, comes to know the invisible companionship of God."
One of the most rewarding, yet challenging efforts in my spiritual journey has been to find the sacred in my everyday world - to blend my "spiritual" life with my "worldly" life. One of the most useful ways I have discovered to accomplish this "blending" is through literature - that "in solitude and recollection" I have come to appreciate the depth and the richness of literature that deals with all aspects of my human existence, and helps me come to know and feel the "invisible companionship of God". And so, if I may, I would like to share with you some of the books that have helped me in this faith journey. In that sharing, I welcome your thoughts and comments so that, as companions on our journey to God, we may find the sacred in our earthly existence.
Deacon Mike's Reading Suggestions:
- The Relentless Hunger - The Hearts Search For Love by Fr. James Sullivan
- Interlude I Some thoughts by Mike
- He Leadeth Me by Fr. Walter Ciszek
- Interlude II Some thoughts by Mike
- The Song Of The Bird by Fr. Anthony de Mello
- Interlude III Some thoughts by Mike
- The Little Prince by Antonine de Saint-Exupery
- Expecting Adam by Martha Beck
- Spiritual Literacy by Frederic and Many Ann Brussat
- How Good Do We Have To Be? by Harold Kushner
- The Death Of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy
- The Spirituality Of Imperfection – Storytelling And The Journey To Wholeness by Ernest Kurtz and Katherine Ketcham
- Holy and Human - Mystics For Our Time by Fr. John D. Powers
- The Wheel of Life: A Memoir of Living and Dying by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, M.D.
- Disappointment with God by Philip Yancey
- Anam Cara by John O'Donohue
- Abraham: a Journey to the Heart of Three Faiths by Bruce Feiler
- The Kings Good Servant but God's First: The Life and Writings of Saint Thomas More by James Monti