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Nothing will change your life more meaningfully than developing a vibrant and consistent prayer life. Prayer is at the core of the Christian life, but most people have never really been taught how to pray in deeply personal ways. Listening to the Holy Spirit is at the center of prayer, but most of us struggle to recognize the difference between the Holy Spirit speaking to us and the thousands of ideas that float through our minds each day.
By reading In His Spirit you will have a new awareness of all things spiritual. You will see how our modern culture is influencing our efforts to grow spiritually. It is a fascinating look at two models of spirituality viewed from the perspective of the New Testament.
In His Spirit is the wisest and richest reflection on the workings of the Holy Spirit in our lives that I've ever read. Drawing on scripture, Merton's insights into contemplation, Maslow's psychology of self-actualization, and frank personal anecdotes, Hauser helps the reader better appreciate (1) that the divine Spirit indwells each and every human being--all of us, as it were, participate in the Pentecost event; (2) that as a consequence the deepest stirrings of our selves can be trusted; and (3) that the key to a living spirituality is an ever more intentional cooperation with the unifying, enlightening, and enabling Spirit within. I can think of only one or two other books written within the last twenty years that have provoked more thought (and gratitude!) in me than this one. I also strongly recommend two follow-up books on the Spirit written by Hauser: Moving in the Spirit and Finding God in Troubled Times. Taken together, the three volumes of this trilogy can change your life."
"As I began to read Father Hauser's book, I kept thinking of the modern guru of the Centering Prayer, Abbot Thomas Keating, OCSO. It's a renewed idea of prayer that returns to the Gospel, that says "to enter your inner room, shut the door, and pray in secret." The language of God is SILENCE! This is the prayer of silence. The understanding that God is not "out there", but God is present inside me changes the prayer. It's the Holy Spirit who is praying and brining me into closer relationship to God."
"Good introduction to Christian Spirituality"
Richard Hauser, S.J. is a Jesuit priest and Theology professor who has also written three books, In His Spirit: A Guide to Today’s Spirituality, Moving in the Spirit: Becoming a Contemplative in Action, and Finding God in Troubled Times. In his writings, Father Hauser examines the topics that Catholics discern on a daily basis, including spirituality in our world today, the unique role of the Holy Spirit and understanding the suffering humans experience.
Born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Father Hauser is the oldest of six children. He entered the Wisconsin Province of the Society of Jesus in 1955 and was ordained a priest in June of 1968. Father Hauser has a B.A. in Philosophy and an M.A. in American History from St. Louis University, and a Ph.D. in Religion and Religious Education from The Catholic University of America.
Currently, Father Hauser teaches a variety of courses at Creighton University on both the undergraduate and graduate level. He also provides workshops for adult continuing education both locally in his area of Omaha and nationally. Each event focuses on helping attendees to grow in their spiritual life by offering reflections on topics such as: contemplation, discernment of spirits, and the spirituality of suffering.
Father Hauser is interested in the history of spirituality, mysticism, Ignatian spirituality and ministerial priesthood.
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