Love Affair: A Prayer Journal

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Crossroad Publishing Company, Sep 1, 1993 - Religion - 192 pages
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"My Love", asks Andrew Greeley, "how often in the course of a day am I indifferent to your love? How often do I even remember my human loves as I rush through life? I'm so busy that love seeps out of my life like blood escaping a wound. I'm going to try as best I can to begin my day and end it on my knees - and to remember You in my comings and goings. If I can do these things, they will make me a better person - and a better love. Please help me". Andrew Greeley's "Love" in this intimate diary is, of course, God. Love Affair is not a book about prayer or even so much a book of prayer; it is rather an experience of praying - confused, elated, grateful - often stumbling but always sincere endeavors by a human being to dialogue with the Beloved Other. It is prayer as it happens. And it reveals as much about the "beloved" as it does about the "Lover" on the other side of the dialogue. We see "the pray-er" Andrew Greeley depressed, struggling with pneumonia, worried to death about dying when his doctor discovers a spot on his lung, concerned about the illnesses of his friends, enthused about his work, weary from too many obligations, and always trying - trying to be a good and faithful "lover" to the "Lover" who loves with no expectation of return. In this sense, we can also see ourselves, and find inspiration and confidence to pray in our own voices too. This kind of Love Affair is everyone's affair.

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Roman Catholic priest Andrew M. Greeley was the author of more than 100 non-fiction works of theology, sociology, prayer, and poetry; a professor of sociology; a newspaper columnist; and a successful novelist, writing in several genres, including mystery and science fiction. He was born on February 5, 1928 and was a native of Chicago. Greeley studied at Archbishop Quigley Preparatory Seminary and earned an AB from St. Mary of the Lake Seminary in 1950, a Bachelor of Sacred Theology in 1952, and a Licentiate of Sacred Theology in 1954. He went on to receive a Master of Arts in 1961 and a Ph D in 1962. Greeley's fiction, which often told stories of crime and scandal in the Roman Catholic church, can be violent and lurid and are considered controversial by many Church leaders. Greeley wrote on such issues as homosexuality in the clergy, pedophilia, and papal politics, and he created the popular mystery series starring Father Blackie Ryan, as well as another featuring the character Nuala McGrail. Greeley was awarded honorary degrees from the University of Arizona, Bard College (New York State) and the National University of Ireland, Galway. In 1981, he received the F. Sadlier Dinger Award, which is presented each year by educational publisher William H. Sadlier, Inc. in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the ministry of religious education in America. Greeley died on May 29, 2013 at his Chicago home. He was 85.

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