Monday, November 3, 2008

Book Review: Full of Grace by Johnette Benkovic

This is an excellent read. Here is a snippet from Chapter 3: Praise and Petition, Thanksgiving and Contrition: Symphony of the Abundant Life.

Our times of prayer and encounters with God are meant to be transforming moments in our lives. Their purpose is to produce within us sanctifying grace and the ability to lead a virtuous life. When we cooperate with the grace we receive in prayer, not only do we become transformed into the image and likeness of God, but our very presence becomes a conduit through which the love of God flows into the world.

If we are to experience the authenticity of our femininity, living out God's call for us to "aid humanity in not falling," we must commit ourselves to a regular time of prayer and develop an attitude of prayer throughout the day. Prayer must become the "song of our heart."

But how can we be in a constant state of prayer and still be busy about the duties of everyday life? St. Paul suggest the answer. He tells us, "Be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with all your heart, always and for everything giving thanks in
the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God the Father" (Eph
5:18-20).

This passage hints as to how we can make each day of our lives a symphony of prayer, a melody of love, which rises from the depths of our being to the throne of the Father in praise and worship of Him. As is the case with most symphonies, our symphony of prayer is orchestrated around four movements or dispositions of the heart.

Read on to learn about the four "movements of prayer": Adoration, Contrition, Thanksgiving, and Supplication (ACTS).

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