CONTEMPLATIVE ENIGMAS - Insights and Aid on the Path to Deeper Prayer
— Fr. Donald Haggerty
Despite signs in recent decades of a crisis in the Church, a countercurrent of intense interest in prayer and a close relationship with God is clearly at work today. A deeper esteem for contemplation has accompanied this turning to prayer, and many people desire spiritual direction and guidance.
Written by a recognized expert on contemplative prayer, this book concentrates on the interior hardships experienced by souls who give themselves to God wholeheartedly. More than a summary of the symptoms of interior trial, these poignant observations are the fruit of the author's many years in retreat work. Personal experience, not simply knowledge of the spiritual tradition, inform his concise, carefully crafted comments.
Throughout the book, the reader is invited to ponder the subject of spiritual darkness, perplexity, and other struggles in the spiritual life always in the light of the loving God, Who draws souls into greater surrender to Himself.
This work offers a unique aid and stimulus in the quest for a deeper spirituality.
Paperback. 288 pages.
"Father Haggerty's keen insights are a great aid to seeing that the enigma of darkness in prayer is not a sign that something is wrong. The book is an unusual enticement to richer prayer, firmer faith, and greater love for the One we hope to see face to face."
— Father Sebastian White, O.P., Editor-in-Chief, Magnificat
"With reverent honesty, Father Haggerty encourages us as we respond to God's undeniable promptings to an ever deeper union."
— Mother Agnes Mary Donovan, S.V., Sisters of Life