- self-understanding within a complex nature
- erotic energies
- the Gospel mandate to reach out to the poor
- faith and doubt
- faith within a complex culture
... we can learn to forgive life a little more for its frustrations and we can learn to give ourselves permission to be more patient with our lives and with ourselves. Who of us does not lament that the pressures and frustrations of life keep us from fully enjoying life's pleasures, from smelling the flowers, from being more present to family, from celebrating with friends, from peaceful solitude, and from deeper prayer? So we are forever making resolutions to slow down, to find a quiet space inside our pressured lives in which to pray. But, after failing over and over again, we eventually despair of finding a quiet, contemplative space for prayer in our lives. Although we need to continue to search for that, we can already live with the consolation that, deep down, our very frustration in not being able to find that quiet space is already a prayer. In the groans of our inadequacy the spirit is already praying through our bodies and souls in a way deeper than words. (187-88)Chapters in this book are subdivided, which makes it easy to take your time as you read the book; it's definitely one that lends itself to journaling as you go. As with his popular The Holy Longing, Rolheiser writes a book that is meant to be savored. Take Wrestling with God to Adoration or your favorite prayer spot, and allow Rolheiser to encourage you in openness to the mystery behind our faith.
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