“Seeking as much clarity as we can is an act of respect for God’s gift of life. When we open our eyes and stay ‘spiritually awake,’ we can be alert to both the subtle and dramatic graces we are offered each day. And that is the purpose of this book, to build a sanctuary within from which we can better sense the gestures of God each day and find a sense of peace and joy that we can effortlessly share with others we meet.
Part I. Softening the Soul: Nourishing a Spiritual Attitude
“A sound spiritual attitude is the fertile ground in which we can cultivate and nourish a simple, strong prayer life and a compassionate presence. With these we can joyfully greet each new day.”
Spiritual themes include: faithfulness, openness, simplicity, gratefulness, remembering self-esteem and being in the Now.
Part II. Forming ‘A Little Rule’: Developing a Practice of Prayer
“This separation (between our life with God and our practical world) cannot remain if all our life is to be filled with real meaning, peace, and awe, no matter how violent or stormy our days may become. When we are truly prayerful we join both worlds.”
Building blocks of a prayer may include: silent reflection, conversations with God, reading sacred scripture, faith sharing, and the practice of sacred reading.
Part III. Completing the Circle of Grace: Fostering Simple Compassion
“When compassion joins an attitude of awareness and the practice of prayerfulness, ‘a circle of grace’ is formed. And, at the center of this circle is self-knowledge, healthy self-love…and love of God. “
Hearts of compassion: living a life of nobility and involvement, offering balm for tears in the souls of others, welcoming home, performing simple acts of kindness, completing the circle of grace.
Part IV. Creating a Simple, Strong Prayer life: Common Questions on Forming ‘A Little Spiritual Rule'.
Part V. Relaxing with God: A Month of Reflections, Questions, Suggestions, and Prayers.
Part VI. Spiritual Tenets