A Book of Quiet Prayer: For All the Seasons, Stages, Moods, and Circumstances of Life

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Paulist Press, 2006 - Religion - 155 pages
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"This is a book about praying--"special, sometimes privileged conversations and communications with God," writes author William Byron. But it is much more than a prayer book. Not only does it suggest ways and words for turning to God, but it also encourages readers to seek inspiration and compose prayers on their own. The author touches readers in a gentle, practical, life-enhancing way. He invites us to let God touch our lives on our own terms and timetable, wherever we may be and in whatever age, state of mind, or situation in which we happen to be. One need not read this reflective work from the beginning straight through; it is meant to be a prompter when we want to reach out to God but are stuck for the right words to use in making contact.
 

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Contents

Through the Years
11
Looking Back
12
Looking Ahead
14
Decades
17
Years
19
Months
21
Weeks
24
Days
26
Failure
89
Doubt
92
Certainty
94
Loneliness
96
Solitude
100
Embarrassment
103
Insight
105
Discovery
108

Light and Darkness
27
So Swift So Sad and Yet
29
Seasons
32
Summer
33
Autumn
35
Winter
39
Spring
41
Stages
46
Birth
48
Childhood
50
Youth
54
Adulthood
58
Old Age
61
Death
64
Circumstances
68
Health
72
Riches
76
Poverty
78
Frailty
81
Strength
84
Success
86
Moods
111
Joy
114
Disappointment
116
Sorrow
118
Hope
120
Optimism
122
Pessimism
124
Delight
126
Gratitude
129
Wonder
131
Confusion
133
Fear
136
Terror
139
Anger
141
Rage
144
Shame
146
Guilt
149
Afterword
153
Acknowledgments
155
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About the author (2006)

William Byron, SJ, is a university professor of business and society at St. Joseph's University, Philadelphia. He is past president of the University of Scranton, The Catholic University of America, and Loyola University New Orleans. The author of many books, he holds a doctorate in economics and has taught in the business schools of Georgetown and Loyola University Maryland.

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