The Flowering of the Soul: A Book of Prayers by Women

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Lucinda Vardey
Beacon Press, 2002 - 447 стор.
A unique collection of one thousand prayers by women from ancient times to the present day "Shall we keep silent, or shall we speak? And if we speak what shall we say?" These questions of Dorothy Day's have rung in the ears of spiritual women for centuries. Silence has been the usual response, precipitated often by doubts, fears, and isolation. Now, in The Flowering of the Soul, Lucinda Vardey traces the voices of all those women who have used the written word to share their experience of God.
In this remarkable collection, the prayers of more than two hundred women from thirteen different religions and many diverse cultures have been gathered together for the first time. Sun Bu-er, Sappho, Julian of Norwich, Christina Rossetti, Emily Dickinson, Annie Dillard, Marcia Falk, Marion Woodman--these are just some of the women whose prayers are showcased here.

In addition to the prayers, Vardey provides a compelling introduction to women's thought on prayer. Weaving together the teachings of such spiritual figures as St. Teresa of Avila and Hildegard of Bingen with the ideas of writers like Simone Weil and Patricia Hampl, Vardey maps out a unique history of women's teachings on prayer.

The Flowering of the Soul provides all women who pray, or who want to pray, with a collective feminine spiritual wisdom that can be drawn on and shared. Women, of whatever background, will find comfort and common ground in these pages.
"All women will find peace, solace, and joy here."
--Christiane Northrup, M.D., author of Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom
"Remarkable . . . brimming with compassion, common sense, and grace."
--Spiritual Book News

 

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INTRODUCTION
3
DIVINE RELATIONSHIP
41
WORSHIP PRAISE AND THANKSGIVING
79
BLESSINGS FOR CEREMONIES AND RITUALS
110
OBLATIONS
122
FAITH AND TRUST
149
GRACE
156
MERCY
165
HEALING SELF HEALING OTHERS HEALING THE WORLD
249
FOR HELP WITH DUTY WORK AND FAMILY
265
GIVING THANKS FOR PETITIONS
283
THE RESPONSES
287
YOUR WILL BE DONE NOT MINE
291
AT THE END OF LIFE
306
DIVINE UNION
325
PART FOUR CONTEMPLATION
351

PATIENCE AND HOPE
176
HUMILITY
182
KNOWLEDGE UNDERSTANDING AND WISDOM
186
STRENGTH AND COURAGE SUSTENANCE AND SUPPORT
198
PEACE
210
LOVE COMPASSION CHARITY AND KINDNESS
215
COMFORT
236
INSPIRATION
246
THE LUMINOUS PEARL
356
PART FIVE THE FRAGRANT FLOWERING OF THE SOUL
365
LEADING A SPIRITUAL LIFE
369
THE FLOWERS AND THE FRUITS
376
THE FIRE OF PROGRESS
384
Contributor Biographies and Index
399
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