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Overview A collection of prayers for all occasions gives voice to Ignatian spirituality, which finds God present in all things. Original.
Publishers Description Discover the rich tradition of Ignatian prayer in Hearts on Fire, compiled by Michael Harter, SJ. Hundreds of Ignatian prayers are included here, many written by the most illustrious Jesuits--Ignatius Loyola, Francis Xavier, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Anthony de Mello, Karl Rahner, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, and others. Each gives eloquent voice to Ignatian spirituality, which affirms that God is present in all things and at all times. Thus, this collection includes Ignatian prayers for all occasions, including the most familiar and seemingly mundane.
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Studio: Loyola Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.24" Width: 5.04" Height: 0.45" Weight: 0.42 lbs.
Release Date Mar 28, 2005
Publisher Loyola Press
ISBN 0829421203 ISBN13 9780829421200
Availability 0 units.
More About Michael J. Harter
Rev. Michael G. Harter, S.J., entered the Society of Jesus at St. Stanislaus Seminary in 1961 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1974. Over the years he has been a novice director and superior, retreat director, and managing editor of America magazine.
Reviews - What do customers think about Hearts on Fire: Praying with Jesuits?
Humility and kindness abound! Sep 16, 2007
I was looking for this book as I had given my copy away. Luckily, this site had it! It is a place that I can 'travel' that offers kindness and hope. Hearts on Fire fulfills me with the strength to stay fully present to others.
Brilliant distillation of Ignatian Spirituality Jun 30, 2007
It is seldom that I actually like a book of prayers, rarer still that I enthuse, and only once or twice ever would I actually rave about such a work to my friends. I don't normally think prayer books help; they are after all someone else's prayer and I see prayer as an intensely personal thing that cannot be attained 'second hand'.
Thats probably why, even before joining the Jesuits, I came to appreciate Ignatian Spirituality and the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius Loyola. For the Exercises [often called SpEx in shorthand by Ignatian retreat directors) are not prayers you say specifically but guidelines on how to do the prayer yourself. Even here, in Harter's book, this is clearly the purpose...
In effect, Harter brings us meditations on the four Weeks of the SpEx that clearly serve to aid us in our prayer. We read these meditations - from Ignatius, Xavier, Rahner, Teilhard,Hopkins et al - not for themselves [though the glorious quality of their language makes it aesthetically worthwhile even without praying]but for how they might ignite in our hearts (to use the title's metaphor) our own spiritual encounter with God.
Of course it is not the same as making the full Spiritual Exercises (30 days) or the SpEx in Daily Life (8 months to a year, with 1hour of prayer per day) or even doing an 8-day Ignatian retreat. Though it is certainly a book one could take on such retreats (as, in fact, I did recently). The beauty of this little book is that it can be used by pretty much anyone, anywhere. One hopes, as I am sure Fr Harter hopes, that it will also draw more people to encounter God through the Spiritual Exercises.
Way to pray!!! May 13, 2007
If you have an interest or backgorund in the spirtuality of St. Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Jesuits, you will find this book to be a rich treasure. From Ignatius himself, to Jesuits still serving today, you will discover wise and challenging prayers and poems, each pertaining to specific movements of the Spiritual Exercises. Additonally, appropriate scriptures are suggested for praying the Exercises. If you know nothing about Ignatius or the Jesuits, you will also find this a rich source of meaningful prayer and reflection. I regularly give these booklets as gifts to people seeking good resources for prayer. A special book in deed!
It's like reading poetry. May 9, 2007
It opens your heart and your mind. It is at once intriging and delightful. Not a book to be read from cover to cover. But one to pick up and read and contemplate.
Hearts on Fire: Praying With Jesuits Jan 31, 2007
This was just as I had hoped it would be. I am very pleased with it.