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Living Prayer

A Book of Hours for Renewing Creation

Alison M. Benders, Lisa Fullam, and Gina Hens-Piazza

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Living Prayer

ISBN: 9798400801372, 01372

Details: 240 pgs, 5 x 7 x 5/8
Publication Date: 07/01/2024
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Morning and evening prayer for those seeking to respond to Pope Francis’s call for greater care for our common home.

“God saw everything that was made, and indeed, it was very good.” Yet human disregard for creation endangers that goodness. In Living Prayer: A Book of Hours for Cultivating Life, authors Alison M. Benders, Lisa Fullam, and Gina Hens-Piazza invite readers to embrace our role as servant-cultivators in the ecology of God, celebrating and sustaining all that is.

Following the pattern of the daily prayer of the church, Living Prayer offers a four-week cycle of morning and evening prayer to support a more sustainable lifestyle and embodies an ethic of care for our common home. Created with ecological and social justice-oriented individuals and organizations in mind, Living Prayer supports hands-on work in local communities, empowered by reflection and prayer. The book also includes a variety of green rituals to extend ecological prayer through practices that enlist elements of the reader’s environment to connect to God’s presence in the created world. It is an invitation to live the prayer of our hearts so that the ecology of God flourishes to cultivate the new creation.

Alison M. Benders serves as vice president for the division of mission and ministry at Santa Clara University. Prior to this role, she served for seven years as the associate and interim dean of the Jesuit School of Theology at Santa Clara University. Her most recent book, Recollecting America's Original Sin: A Pilgrimage of Race and Grace (Liturgical Press, 2022), offers a reflective immersion into our nation's history of racial injustice through personal and theological lenses. She also authored Just Prayer: A Book of Hours for Peacemakers and Justice Seekers (Liturgical Press, 2015).

Lisa Fullam is professor emerita of moral theology at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University, and associate veterinarian at the New Baltimore Animal Hospital in West Coxsackie, New York. She has co-edited with Charles E. Curran four volumes in the Readings in Moral Theology series (Paulist Press). She is also the author of The Virtue of Humility: A Thomistic Apologetic.

Gina Hens-Piazza is the Joseph S. Alemany Professor of Biblical Studies at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University and Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. She received her PhD from Union Theological Seminary in NYC and recently served as one of the editors for and a contributor to The New Jerome Biblical Commentary for the Twentieth First Century (Bloomsbury Press, 2022). A past president of the Catholic Biblical Association of America, Hens-Piazza is a frequent lecturer nationally and internationally. She is the author of Lamentations in the Wisdom Commentary series (Liturgical Press, 2017).

ISBN: 9798400801372, 01372

Details: 240 pgs, 5 x 7 x 5/8
Publication Date: 07/01/2024


"Our ecology from our rising to our resting is kept in balance by daily moments of gratitude, reconciliation and prayer, wonderfully accompanied in Living Prayer. The call to renew creation with intercessions and reflections in this Book of the Hours is a transformative process that leads us to simple actions, reminding us that peace in the face of ecological urgency is humbly possible while growing in a community of prayer and hope. Living Prayer compiled with years of reflection, prayer and search for justice by the authors is an active commitment to live out Laudato Si’ and join the restorative mission of God’s ecology.”
Pedro Walpole, SJ, Apu Palamguwan Cultural Education Center, Bukidnon, Philippines

"This thoughtfully composed prayer book offers spiritual grounding for both personal care for creation and environmental ministries. In these pages one finds a fervent call to pray with all of creation so that stewardship of the earth growths from a spiritual depth that is expressed through one’s entire self, body and soul. This Book of Hours with its four-week cycle of prayer is the perfect companion to the spiritual call of Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si', and invites its readers into a living and deepening relationship with all creatures that inhabit this planet we share, our common home."
Darleen Pryds, Associate Professor of Spirituality and History, Franciscan School of Theology

"This refreshed approach to the Liturgy of the Hours weaves ancient Christian wisdom with contemporary eco-spirituality proposed by the encyclical Laudato Sí. Living Prayer invites us to pray more deeply on our journey of ecological conversion. Scripture, ethics, and practical theology guide the four weeks, each with a creation theme. This text provides an awe-filled poetic interpretation of a traditional prayer practice, re-imagined to cultivate interiority in an era of ecological crises. It will inspire your personal prayer life, small Christian communities, public liturgies and retreats. It bears seeds of Christian hope and inspires us to greater care for God’s creation."
Keith Douglass Warner, OFM, Director of the Franciscan renewal project, Franciscan School of Theology, University of San Diego

"Living Prayer is an inspiring resource for deepening the ecological conversion called for by Laudato Si. Offering a four-week cycle of Morning and Evening prayer, Living Prayer invites those who pray to celebrate the magnificence of creation as well as to acknowledge the ruptures and alienation that estrange us from its beauty and wholeness. In this turbulent time of human and climate suffering, Living Prayer engages participants in the interior work of renewal in Christ that can support their call to become 'servant-cultivators in the cosmic garden.' Highly recommended for personal and communal prayer!"
Mary E. McGann, RSCJ, Adjunct Associate Professor of Liturgical Studies, Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University, Berkeley, California