A Spring Within Us: A Book of Daily Meditations by Richard Rohr

“Remember, always remember, that the heartfelt desire to do the will of God is, in fact, the truest will of God. At that point God has won, the ego has lost, and your prayer has already been answered.”

A Spring Within Us by Richard RohrMy constant companion each morning this past year was A Spring Within Us: A Book of Daily Meditations by Richard Rohr. Like water dripping onto a stalagmite, this book slowly dripped onto my soul, building it up each day. Rohr writes with great spiritual maturity, and his words always challenge me to grow. The particular meditations in this book grew out of Fr. Rohr’s daily email reflections from 2014, and so are grouped into 52 themes, one for each week of the year. Here are a few examples to give you an idea of some of the content:

  • Levels of Spiritual Development
  • The True Self
  • The False Self
  • Transformative Suffering
  • Transformative Dying
  • Growing in Grace
  • Spirituality and the Twelve Steps
  • Jesus, the Christ
  • Eucharist

If you’re resolving to pray more next year, to work on growing closer to God, then Fr. Rohr’s book would be an excellent resource. It’s broken down into small, bite-sized chunks and each week ends with a concrete way to practice contemplation, building on the meditations of the previous seven days.

As an alternative, you can sign up for Fr. Rohr’s current meditations sent each day via email. They arrive in your inbox in the middle of the night and are available to be read first thing in the morning. You can sign up at the Center for Action and Contemplation website.

A Spring Within Us: A Book of Daily Meditations by Richard Rohr
Albuquerque, NM: CAC Publishing, 2016
Length: 404 pages

Deacon Nick

Nick Senger is a husband, a father of four, a Roman Catholic deacon and a Catholic school teacher, vice principal and technology coordinator. He taught junior high literature and writing for over 25 years, and has been a Catholic school educator since 1990. In 2001 he was named a Distinguished Teacher of the Year by the National Catholic Education Association.

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