A Real-World Joomla! Template

Touching the Reign of God PDF Print E-mail
Written by Michael Fones   
Wednesday, 01 October 2008 06:34
I just finished reading a manuscript by Mary Sharon Moore, one of our Called & Gifted workshop teachers, titled, "Touching the Reign of God: Bringing theological reflection to daily life." It will be published, probably in December, by Wipf and Stock Publishers, Eugene. I'll let you know when it is available.

Mary Sharon is founding director of Awakening Vocations, a ministry dedicated to awakening the vocational culture of parishes and guiding the vocation discernment of individuals. She is an active spiritual director, frequent writer, and her Journey with the Word seasonal meditations are heard on Catholic radio stations around the United States. Her monthly vocations column, Conformed to Christ, appears in diocesan newspapers.

In a time when many don’t believe that God is personal, Mary Sharon shows us just how deeply personal and transformative a relationship with God who is love, mercy, humility, and forgiveness can be.

Through short reflections from the heart of a woman in whom Jesus has made a home, we are offered graceful entry into Mary Sharon's inner life of reflective prayer and her outer life as a Christian in the world. Further, we are allowed to see for ourselves how the Holy Spirit connects the two. Neither is perfect, yet both are real, instructive, and humbly inspiring.

Like her life, her book is saturated with Scripture. In her everyday encounters with the world and its denizens, the living Word of God challenges her, shapes her attitudes, insinuates himself into her thoughts, and judges her words, her actions, and even her inaction. As a result, we glimpse the possibility of life and prayer becoming one, and realize that not only can we touch the reign of God, but God’s reign reaches under the door of our hearts to touch us.

Touching the Reign of God reveals the startling practicality and ancient mystery of prayer lived; prayer taken seriously, not in the multiplication of words or measure of time, but through attentiveness to the Trinity with Whom we each long to be united. From the experience of her prayer-life (and life-prayer), Mary Sharon can confidently and audaciously proclaim, “No aspect of human life falls outside of God’s blessing.”

Add comment

Security code

Order From Our Store


siting sundries
carrots cheap viagra read wrought cuisine If your destination is on the Northeast Corridor, this isn't a big deal (departures are every hour) but in other parts of the country the next train may not be until tomorrow. If your reservations involved sleeper accommodations (Amtrak's First Class on their long-distance overnight trains) on either your late-arriving train or your missed connection, you will get a hotel voucher for the unplanned overnight stay. Customer Service will commonly offer travel vouchers of $100 or more off future Amtrak travel to inconvenienced passengers. This is true for all classes of service. If you plan to board an Amtrak train at a location other than the train's initial place of departure, it's usually a good idea to call ahead before you leave for the station to see if the train is running on time. A major Amtrak line in regular daily use by Americans is the Acela Express line, running between Boston and Washington, D. Financial and managerial accounting principles. Basic accounting statements, processes, and management applications. Open to all students. Crocodyliform systematics and diversity, with the description of new taxa from the Cretaceous of Texas. PhD dissertation, Geological Sciences, Southern Methodist University. Digital paleoart: reconstruction and restoration from laser-scanned fossils. MS thesis, Drexel University, 228 p. She tends to spend her evenings sleeping at friends' houses. Although she appears close to her brother, I know she sees and is influenced him. She gets no reward, but the son gets free cable, food, sleeping until noon and no curfew. I don't see any change and am now having to make the hard decisions for my own life, which don't include any of the ongoing drama. My BF and I both agree that his son could not move into my home (which would ultimately be our home), so I am left to wait. Ever hopeful, he solicited funding for renewing his plans for a conquest of Mexico, but was rebuffed. Spanish Florida or British possessions in the Caribbean. After returning from Europe, Burr used the surname "Edwards," his mother's maiden name, stendra for a while to avoid creditors. With help from old friends Samuel Swartwout and Matthew L. Burr was able to return to New York and his law practice..