Love Affair: A Prayer Journal
"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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