Dipping into Messenger books
Messenger Publications have recently published a number of books for autumn and winter 2019-2020 including scripture reading and reflections, the lives of Jesuit missionaries and Church renewal. The book list, which is particularly strong on pastoral resources, offers the reader an opportunity to deepen their faith with the aim ‘to spread the love of God in the heart of Jesus Christ’.
The scripture, prayers, and reflections in Sacred Space: The Prayer Book will inspire you to a richer daily spiritual experience throughout the liturgical year and invite you to develop a closer relationship with God. Each day it includes scripture reading and points of reflection, as well as a weekly topic enhanced by six steps of prayer and reflection: The Presence of God, Freedom, Consciousness, The Word, Conversation, and Conclusion.
Jesuit Lives tells the stories of Jesuit missionaries as they don traditional Confucian dress in China, negotiate the territories of the Huron and Iroquois in North America, follow the Zambezi river through Africa and grapple with the message of the Gospel in modern times. Divided into five sections and featuring contributions by leading Jesuits, it shares the experience and wisdom of these men in the hope that their commitment and struggles will prove inspirational once again today.
Reflecting on the factors that have caused ecclesial change in Ireland, Aidan Ryan examines the sacramental life of the Church and the present state of liturgy in Ireland. He explores the different ways of being Catholic in a parish context and discusses clergy morale, what nourishes it and what damages it. Ryan concludes with possible ways of renewal for the future.
These reflections by Alan Hilliard are written to demonstrate how God is a loving, supportive and ever-present reality with whom people, even those disaffected by the institutional Church, can connect. The accessible style of the reflections of varying length, along with the accompanying photographs allows the reader to absorb a short reflection or ‘dip’ into a deeper, longer one, depending on mood and circumstance.
Advent, a joyful time of preparation for the birth of Jesus, can be further enriched with this small book, a daily prayer experience from Sacred Space. Throughout the Advent season, each day includes a scripture reading and points of reflection, as well as a weekly topic enhanced by six steps of prayer and reflection. With its small size and meaningful message, the book is a simple way to build a richer relationship with God and embrace the Advent season as a sacred space.
For the full range of books and booklets, including the revised edition of The Quiet Revolution of Pope Francis: A Synodal Catholic Church in Ireland? by Gerry O’Hanlon SJ, see the online Ignatian Bookshop».