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Reading Reverie Book Reviews

In Him Alone is Our Hope

So there are challenging books and then there are CHALLENGING books.  This, my friends, is a CHALLENGING book.  It’s only 136 pages long.  But WOWZERS, it really packs a punch.  The book contains the conferences given during a retreat that Pope Francis (then Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio)... [Read more...]

Francis of Assisi – a new biography

OK – I have 2 confessions to make: 1.)  It’s been a really long time since I’ve posted either a blog or a book review.  No excuses…just a promise to TRY to be more regular with contributions 🙂  I wanted to get this review posted for St. Francis’ Feast Day on Oct.... [Read more...]

Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska

Just like The Father’s Tale, in my first blog book review, Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska could be used to prop open a door, but once again I highly recommend it. Here are some quotes for a sneak peak. “Let that which He has ordained happen to me” “True greatness of the soul is in loving... [Read more...]

Into Your Hands Father

When we are so preoccupied with our past and our future, we naturally have neither energy nor openness left for the present moment, the only moment that mediates God’s will.” Have you noticed that sometimes the subtitle of a book really says it all!  In the case of “Into Your Hands... [Read more...]

Leisure: The Basis of Culture

As a cloistered contemplative Nun, a question I frequently receive is, “What do you do?” This is closely followed by, “What? All you do is pray?” Leisure: The Basis of Culture by Josef Pieper explores the notion of “not everything is useless, which cannot be brought under the definition of... [Read more...]

The Father’s Tale

Before I entered the monastery I did not read much. I enjoyed reading bedtime stories to my nieces and nephews, I excitingly read restaurant menus and I longed for the Sunday comics to be delivered, but that was the extent of it. What, a cloistered nun who doesn’t like to read? Can it be? However,... [Read more...]

Fioretti by Andrea Tornielli

God always saves the best for us.  But He asks us to let ourselves be surprised by His love, to accept His surprises.” – Pope Francis, July 24, 2013 I know some people who are “One Book People” – they read only one book at a time and read it at a steady rate, say maybe... [Read more...]

Why Reading Reverie?

There are times when the very mention of spiritual reading makes one want to hide (cue Fergus): Just too much to do, not enough time in the day!  The excuses can grow at an alarming rate: “My eyes are tired”, “I’d rather relax and watch TV” (cue Fergus): Or, “I... [Read more...]

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