Do You Love Me
A practical guide to Catholic prayer and spirituality
by Catholic Bishops Conference of England & Wales
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This book is intended to be practical and this reviewer found it very helpful as a retreat manual. The first chapter is about Peter going fishing with the other apostles after witnessing the Resurrection. It is a disaster and they catch nothing. Jesus meets Peter when Peter is lost and "it is often in our lostness that God meets us because when we are all at sea we are sometimes more open to receive what God has to offer us." There are several prayers alongside the text to help us in our prayers, including ones by Aquinas and Augustine. The chapter concludes with Psalm 42.
The next chapter follows on from the first. Peter catches so many fish that he is surprised that the net is not torn. Only when he calls out to them do the disciples recognize Jesus. How do we hear his call? Our Catholic spirituality is not so much about a system as it is about a person: Jesus. Once again the chapter ends with an appropriate psalm.
The interior life is unique to each individual and there is no such thing as a single spiritual path, as this book makes clear. There is enough flexibility to cater to individual differences. While the book is modern in its way of communication, it is faithful to Catholic tradition. Interestingly, most of the forward by Cardinal Nichols is about Our Lady.
This work is a really useful means of deepening our relationship with Jesus.
Copyright ©; Dr Pravin Thevathasan 2015
Version: 26th January 2015