Holy Martyrs Catholic Church

Adult Prayer and Spirituality

Six Ways to Pray

Buy now at Amazon.com Gloria Hutchinson presents Six Ways to Pray From Six Great Saints: Francis of Assisi, Clare of Assisi, Ignatius of Loyola, Therese of Lisieux, Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross. She introduces each saint with a short biographical life sketch and a description of the saint’s portrait, then helps the reader […]

Living the Wisdom of St. Francis

Buy now at Amazon.com Through a series of short meditations, Wayne Simsic introduces readers to Francis of Assisi’s song and its profound implications for our lives. Simsic, who lives in Northeast Ohio, directs retreats exploring the mystics as spiritual guides and is the author of several books on prayer.

The Holy Longing

Buy now at Amazon.com “Long before we do anything explicitly religious at all, we have to do something about the fire that burns within us,” writes Fr.Ronald Rolheiser. “What we do with that fire, how we channel it, is our spirituality.” Fr. Rolheiser invites adult readers into a thought-provoking discussion of what is essential in a mature […]

Against an Infinite Horizon: The Finger of God in Our Everyday Lives

Buy now at Amazon.com Fr. Rohlheiser’s “Against An Infinite Horizon” provides challenging and reassuring insights into human nature and the way God uses everything in our lives to provide opportunities for growth, perhaps especially those we find least likely.  By honestly and openly looking at these moments we are invited into an awareness of a deeper relationship […]

The Cloud of Unknowing

Buy now at Amazon.com This classic work by an anonymous fourteenth century English mystic is a key source for what has become known as centering prayer, a method of prayer that paves the way for much deeper contemplative prayer.

Intimacy with God: An Introduction to Centering Prayer

Buy now at Amazon.com Fr. Thomas Keating, a Trappist Monk and founder of Contemplative Outreach, provides in this book an accessible introduction to the method of centering prayer that explains its origins, theological basis and psychology. For those seeking more information and background on this form of prayer, this is an indispensable guide.

In the Name of Jesus

Buy now at Amazon.com In this short book, the late Henri Nouwen discusses Christian leadership. In doing so, he provides a profile in stark contrast to worldly values. His ideal leader is a praying leader, a vulnerable leader, a trusting leader, one who voluntarily chooses a life of downward mobility.

Life of the Beloved: Spiritual Living in a Secular World

Buy now at Amazon.com This spiritual classic by Henri Nouwen explains the spiritual life in a way that is free of theological and technical language. It is a response to a friend’s request to “speak … about a vision larger than our changing perpectives and about a voice deeper than the clamorings of our mass […]

With Burning Hearts: A Meditation on the Eucharistic Life

Buy now at Amazon.com Drawing on Luke’s story of the disciples journeying on the road to Emmaus after Jesus’ crucifixion, Henri Nouwen offers a profound and beautiful reflection on the meaning of the Eucharist for ourselves and our communities.


Buy now at Amazon.com This simple, beautifully written book by Joyce Rupp explains what prayer is and shows how it leads to deeper relationships and personal transformation. A must-read for anyone on the spiritual journey.

Open Mind, Open Heart

Buy now at Amazon.com This book by Fr. Thomas Keating is the place to start for those who want to learn about the centering prayer method. It’s a good primer for beginners to this wonderful way of opening the door to contemplative prayer.

When the Heart Waits: Spiritual Direction for Life’s Sacred Questions

Buy now at Amazon.com Blending her own experiences with an intimate grasp of spirituality, Sue Monk Kidd relates the passionate and moving tale of her spiritual crisis, when life seemed to have lost meaning and her longing for a hasty escape from the pain yielded to a discipline of “active waiting.”