This powerful new prayer book from the Apostleship of Prayer, the “pope’s prayer group,” engages and inspires readers with the daily scripture readings and introduces Catholics and other Christians to the traditional spiritual devotion known as the lectio divina, or “sacred reading,” in a new way.
Lectio divina is a traditional prayer practice that has been growing in popularity. Inspired by the traditions of Ignatian spirituality, the Sacred Reading series by the Apostleship of Prayer—an international Jesuit prayer ministry—is a unique guide to the use of lectio divinia through a simple, six-step process that provides a prayerful and imaginative exploration of the daily Gospel readings and helps readers look for application in their own lives.
Beginning with Advent and continuing through the year, including solemnities and select feast days, Sacred Reading is a practical resource for anyone who is interested in a deeper prayer life or seeking a new approach to praying and living the scriptures. The 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.
Features & Benefits:
- The Apostleship of Prayer will have a daily companion video reflection by National Director Rev. James Kubicki, S.J., on its website, ApostleshipofPrayer.org.
- This new resource will appeal to readers Sacred Space.
Apostleship of Prayer
The Apostleship of Prayer is an international Jesuit prayer ministry that reaches more than 50 million members worldwide through its popular website, ApostleshipofPrayer.org, and through talks, conferences, publications, and retreats such as Hearts on Fire. Known as “the pope’s prayer group,” the Apostleship’s mission is to encourage Christians to make a daily offering of themselves to the Lord and at whose center is the love of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Sacred Reading offers a superb introduction to Ignatian prayer that anyone can use. Too often Ignatian prayer is seen as something reserved only for Jesuits, for people trained in the Spiritual Exercises, or for those who have time for a directed retreat. But this book, created by experts in the traditions of Ignatian prayer, helps the reader to encounter Jesus through short scripture passages, inviting questions, and accessible reflections. It’s an innovative way to be invited, with gentle wisdom, into meeting Jesus in your prayer.
- Rev. James Martin, S.J., Author of Jesus: A Pilgrimage
Sacred Reading: The 2016 Guide to Daily Prayer is an indispensable resource for deepening your prayer and devotional life. Lectio divina will change how you see your relationships—with the Lord, with others, and with yourself. Highly recommended!
- Most Rev. David L. Ricken, Bishop of Green Bay
Sacred Reading is one of those books that once you begin to use it you will fall in love with it. It is an invaluable resource providing the framework to bring the reader into a deeper relationship with God.
- Pete Socks, Catholic Book Blogger on Patheos
Communion with God increases dramatically as we grow in knowledge of God’s Word. For most people the problem is simply getting started/determining where to begin. A most ancient and venerable practice is lectio divina: scripture reading that is meditation and contemplation but also application. Sacred Reading is an uncommonly useful tool for really getting into scripture in just this way.
Rev. Michael White and Tom Corcoran
Authors of Rebuilt
In just six simple steps, Sacred Reading opens our minds and hearts to scripture in refreshing and profound ways. The daily meditations are clear and concise and yet filled with wisdom and promise. Reading Scripture daily is good; reading scripture daily with Sacred Reading as guide is awesome.
- Marge Fenelon, Author of Imitating Mary
This guide through the gospel texts of the daily lectionary offers a fully-embodied experience that includes the mind, heart, imagination, desire, and behavior. This way of prayerfully reading the gospels as the Spirit-empowered Word of God shows us how to open our lives to be continually formed in Christ.
- Stephen J. Binz, Speaker and author of Conversing with God in Scripture
In his apostolic exhortation The Joy of the Gospel, Pope Francis invites us to be people of prayer. Sacred Reading is an excellent aid in responding to that invitation. This book offers a clear, helpful, and inspirational guide to deepen our love for scripture as we ponder God’s Word and live it out in our daily lives.
- Most Rev. Robert F. Morneau, Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of Green Bay
I am thankful for the ministry of the Apostleship of Prayer and their many ways of drawing people to active lives of encounter with a living God. I encourage anyone looking to deepen their prayer life to spend time learning this ancient practice and coming to know a God who dances freely in our imaginations if we will but go there with him.
- Tim Muldoon, Coauthor of Six Sacred Rules for Families
Sacred Reading is the perfect companion for the lectio journey.
- Sonja Corbitt, Author of Unleashed