Praying Our Lives: A Woman's Treasury of Catholic Prayer is a comprehensive and deeply intimate prayer book meant to empower women to understand and live their Catholic faith through a deeper connection to their spiritual heritage. Not just a compilation, the book is a treasury of Catholic wisdom that teaches women how to pray as women—both alone and in community.
Eleanor Bernstein, C.S.J., begins by guiding women to recognize how their life experiences—in the workplace, in their communities, and as mothers, daughters, and wives—relate to those of the great women of the Bible and the great saints. Readers will discover fresh ways to pray with scripture, to know the saints and mystics, and to participate in the Liturgy of the Hours. The great mystery of the Eucharist as well as the feasts and seasons of the Church year will be enlivened in a way that is fresh and relevant for today’s Catholic women.
Eleanor Bernstein, C.S.J. (1939-2012), was a member of the Congregation of St. Joseph and held a master’s degrees in theology and liturgical studies from the University of Notre Dame. She was a high school religion teacher and a parish minister, and she worked for eighteen years at the Notre Dame Center for Liturgy, for many years as its director. She served as the general editor and major contributor for a four-volume prayer book series for her Congregation. Bernstein was on the staff of The Magnificat Center in Wichita, Kansas, with a focus on adult faith formation and spirituality. She brought to her work the experience of seeking authentic prayer expression in her own life, and also the diverse prayer experiences of many others.
This book will have a place in my daily quiet time and will be a new favorite gift for the special women in my life!"
- Lisa M. Hendey, Founder of www.CatholicMom.com, Author of A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms
"Along with the challenge for constant prayer, Praying Our Lives calls us to a deeper, more extensive life of prayer. This book invites us to recognize God in our ordinary experiences and offers prayers for those times when we find it most difficult to pray. Filled with a variety of resources from traditional prayers to prayers from scripture and the holy men and women who have gone before us, this tool draws us closer to the One who wants to be with us in our every day and our every night."
- Julie Cragon, Author of Bless My Child
"Marvelous collection of prayers. . . . We were impressed with the cogent and caring prayers on migrants, refugees, peace, abolishing the death penalty, and nonviolence."
- Spirituality and Practice