First published in 1979, this groundbreaking book established Edward Hays as a pioneering spiritual writer and teacher, and has since sold over 150,000 copies. This new edition with a new preface by the author celebrates the "domestic church"—a family worshiping together at home—with a collection of prayers and blessings that remain as fresh and creative today as they were over twenty-five years ago. With blessings for birthdays, family members, the home, pets, and more, this book makes it easy and fun to gather in prayer as a family. This book is an ideal gift for weddings, baptisms, the birth of a child, special family milestones, and sacred moments.
Father Edward M. Hays was the author of more than thirty books on contemporary spirituality. He was the co-founder and moving spirit of Forest of Peace Publishing and founding director of Shantivanam, a Midwest center for contemplative prayer. He served as a chaplain of the state penitentiary in Lansing, Kansas, parish priest, and spiritual director. Hays spent extended periods of pilgrimage in the Near East, the Holy Land, and India while remaining a prolific writer and painter. Fr. Hays died in 2016.
Although we have never met, Edward Hays has been my teacher for more than twenty years. From him, I have learned that there is no line between the sacred and the secular on this earth. All life is holy, including the parts that bend and break. With his help, I now pray as easily at the planting of a garden or the burial of a pet as I do at the blessing of a marriage or the baptism of a child. Best of all, his gifts are infectious. Those moved by the beauty of his language and the reach of his imagination will soon find their own capacities enriched.
- Barbara Brown Taylor, Author of Leaving Church: A Memoir of Faith
The writings of Ed Hays have had a definite impact on my spiritual journey. His creative, refreshing style is always joined with depth and wisdom. Ed Hays' books have helped me find innovative ways to pray holistically and to live in a meaningful, joy-filled manner.
- Joyce Rupp, Author of May I Have This Dance? and Open the Door
Edward Hays has been a pioneer manifesting a daring mystical sensibility and an unbridled imagination that makes his vision of Christianity consistently fresh and invigorating. All of his books are graced with an appreciation for all the world's religions, popular culture, and humor.
- Spirituality & Practice
There are few people who consistently give us both depth and breadth—while never closing that clever and humorous edge—as Ed Hays. If a holy man is one who does not take himself too seriously, then Ed is such a man. Fortunately, he always takes God and his readers very seriously!
- Richard Rohr, O.F.M.
Fr. Ed Hays is in the vanguard of spiritual writers who remind us over and over that God is in our lives, in the midst of our messy world, that Christianity is about incarnation. The task of twenty-first century saints, Ed Hays reminds us, will be to find God in the ten thousand things of the here and now.
- Rich Heffern, National Catholic Reporter