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"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."

                -Thomas Merton

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: