Often in the spiritual life we need a little guidance. We set aside time every day to pray, but we simply don’t know where to begin. Or we may have read all the spiritual books on our shelves and are out of ideas for what to read next for daily inspiration.
Look no further. If you are interested in short digestible readings that feed the soul every day of the year, you have come to the right place.
Former national director, Father James Kubicki, SJ, provides “A Year of Daily Offerings.” Father Kubicki provides a simple, yet profund reflection for every day of the year that incorporates the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network’s custom of a Morning Offering.
Here is a more complete description from the publisher:
A Year of Daily Offerings is a prayerful 366-day experience immersed in the lives of the saints, the rhythm of the Church calendar, and the stories of ordinary people who lived the Eucharist in their daily lives. It will help you reorder not just your devotional life, but the entire way of looking at your day.
This thoughtful, yearlong book of morning meditations from Rev. James Kubicki, S.J.—national director of the Apostleship of Prayer and bestselling author of A Heart on Fire—provides a rich array of reflections based on Ignatian spirituality that invite you to begin each day with a sincere offering of your life to God.
In addition to the morning reflection, Father Kubicki offers a “Daily Word,” a sentence meditation for the afternoon and a brief “Evening Review” to end the day. Father Kubicki provides a great resource that is perfect for those who need a brief meditation to start the day that incorporates Scripture, the liturgical calendar and Ignatian spirituality.
Besides Father Kubicki’s book, Douglas Leonard has written another, “Sacred Reading” guide for 2018. Leonard provides an easy to use guide to lectio divina (divine reading) that takes a reader into the daily Scripture readings at Mass and helps them enter in. The book incorporates this ancient practice of the Church in a way that allows anyone to pick it up and immerse themselves in Scripture on a daily basis. (Note: besides the guide for the entire year, there are also smaller guides for Advent and Lent.)
Here is the description of the book from the publisher:
This powerful and inspiring prayer book from the Apostleship of Prayer (The Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network) engages 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.
Led in your daily journey by the international pontifical prayer ministry, you’ll use an accessible, six-step process inspired by Ignatian spirituality that will enhance your reading of scripture and provide you with practical applications that will change your heart and enrich your prayer life by making it a natural part of your day.
If you (or someone you know) are looking for something new and different every day of the year that fills that spiritual tank, check out these two books!