Praying a New Story

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Award Winner!
Best Spiritual Books
Spirituality & Health Awards 2004

“Invigorating, poetic and imaginative ….
the perfect resource for small groups  interested in exploring
new avenues of devotion and spiritual practice.”

How do we pray now? is one of the most frequently asked questions by Christians discovering a “new story” about the universe, about God, and about Jesus as revealer of God in our midst.

This book of prayers with commentary offers a response that has received international acclaim. It “offers a way of seeing and being in the presence on an ‘everywhere God’ – in all, through all, never absent, always near.”
(Orbis Publications. USA edition)

“A refreshing and inspiring guide to authentic prayer.”
– Diarmuid O’Murchu

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  1. Review

    Those who are taking seriously the emerging new paradigm in Christianity often face vocational difficulties. Michael Morwood, who had over 30 years experience in Catholic retreat, education, parish, and youth ministries in Australia, resigned as a member of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart when his book Tomorrow’s Catholic was banned by the Archbishop of Melbourne in 1998. In this invigorating, poetic and imaginative paperback, Morwood shares prayers that can be used in small groups that reflect a fresh and bold reframing of Christian views of God, the universe, Jesus, the Spirit, and holidays such as Christmas, Good Friday, Easter, and Pentecost. Here you will read about an everywhere God instead of an elsewhere God, who is present and active in every corner of the universe and in every dimension of our everyday life. Morwood gives plenty of concrete examples of this panentheistic perspective. He adds: “Prayer is not so much talking to or addressing God, but rather about deepening our awareness that God — the Breath of Life present throughout the universe — comes to visible expression in us.”

    Another part of the New Story for adventuresome Christians is the calling to be Jesus to loved ones, neighbors, and enemies. In many of these prayers Morwood muses on the life and work of the man from Nazareth with “his extravagant generosity” and challenges us to do as he did by giving God human expression in our daily lives. Here is an example of one prayer that brings together many themes of the faith:

    “Through Jesus we believe we are all ‘sons and daughters’ of one God. We believe the same Spirit of God that came to visibility in Jesus yearns for visible expression in us. “This is our common dignity whatever race or creed, whatever our place or time. We long to see our common dignity proclaimed and celebrated by all religions. We pray that the one Spirit all people share may be given free and generous expression for the betterment of humanity and our world. Amen.”


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