Jerry’s self-published books on Amazon in multiple formats
I am passionate about sharing my observation of God’s grandeur and Christ’s love for us in the ordinary moments of our lives. St. Paul suggest we should “Pray Always” as part of being Christian. There are not enough Christian spiritual directors available for those who desire this deeper prayer life. I am creating a small lending library of materials that can be used as in a spiritual growth process but do not have the sufficient personal funds to do so. If you feel drawn to help others towards this goal please consider purchasing one of more the books I have written below. Each book is available in multiple formats and have a modest profit of around $1 which will be used to help defer the cost of this objective.
Contemplatio, Absconsa, Mysteria: Alternate mysteries for Rosary beads
In a US Catholic bishop’s Pastoral Letter on the Blessed Virgin Mary titled “Behold Your Mother,” they wrote, “Besides the precise rosary pattern long known to Catholics, we can freely experiment. New sets of mysteries are possible.” John Paul II in his Apostolic letter Rosarium Virginis Mariae proclaimed 2003 the Year of the Rosary. Highlights of his letter include: “Announcing each mystery, and perhaps even using a suitable icon to portray it, is as it were to open up a scenario on which to focus our attention. It is with these thoughts in mind that I have included the 4 Rosary mysteries and created 16 additional mysterious that can be prayed with using a standard Rosary. These 20 mysteries include a James Tissot painting for each decade along with a Lectio Divina reflection for the individual mysteries.
Contemplatio, Absconsa, Mysteria is available at Amazon on Kindle for $3.99 or in printed edition for $24.99. . Please consider the Kindle version if the cost of the large format, color printed version does not meet your needs.
Ephphatha, That is, Be Opened: Lectio Divina Reflections on the Daily Gospel, for 2020
The book’s title of Ephphatha, that is, Be Opened! refers to Jesus’s healing words to the deaf man. In whatever way we reflect on the daily Gospel readings I strongly believe it is Jesus’s desire that we open ourselves to hear what is meant for each of us both individually and outward towards others that come into our lives. I use Lectio Divina as my own method of Gospel reflection. The Lectio Divina Reflections on the Daily Gospels in this book are for the Liturgical Calendar year 2020.
Inspired by the Living Flame of Love: Daily Lectio Divina Reflections 2019 Liturgical Calendar Gospel Readings
In beautiful prayerful poetry St. John of the Cross, Doctor of the Church, takes us on a journey into the depth of faith within God’s unconditional love. The world needs each of us to be like St. John of the Cross.One way to allow this love to daily wash over us is to use the practice of Lectio Divina (Divine Reading). As you read these short daily Lectio scripture reflections, you will find they have a broad range from the very personal to sometimes external unknown people or situations. My choice of meditative words, phrases or perception are in italics next to the Gospel passage. My hope is by sharing the reflective vignettes that you will consider exploring your own relationship with God and the other through prayer.
Although by Night: Lectio Divina reflections on the Daily Gospel using the 2018 Liturgical Calendar
In beautiful prayerful poetry St. John of the Cross, Doctor of Church, takes us on a journey into the depth of faith in God’s love. Likewise, the Biblical artist James Tissot lets us see the reality of St. James with arms outstretched like Jesus on the Cross filled with prayerful gratitude, open to receiving God’s unconditional love. The world needs us to be like St. James.
Dipsao – I Thirst
Dipsao – I Thirst is based on the scriptural transliterated Greek word “dipsaō” which means the state of being thirsty. Blessed Mother Theresa concluded that Christ’s striking words are a prayer of an endless two-way thirst of both giving and receiving love. I have had my thirst satiated by countless Christ like people so I humbly share their “I” and their effect on me. This quest for love’s thirst let me perceive I had been and needed to be further immersed into the scenes and intimacy of individuals and groups past, present and future that deeply love others. God created moments where I might be like Joshua son of Nun, silently present at the edge of the column of clouds at their tents. Here, face to face, I was witness to their embraces, able to observe what it means to be Christ like in their prayer, humility, faith and action.
The Kingdom of Heaven is Like a Merchant Searching for Fine Pearls
Good and honorable priests who are committed to their charism and are exemplars of Christian holiness deserve nothing less than their Church finding ways to re-elevate them in the eyes of the world. A partial solution is to leverage their sanctity so they more deeply become “merchants seeking the finest pearls.” This book proposes that parish priests (merchants) should be encouraged and equipped to actively cultivate parishioners who are called to holiness uniquely as lay Catholic mystics (pearls. As Fr. Karl Rainer quotes “The Christian of the future will be a mystic or he will not exist at all.” I propose that to achieve this goal, priests roles and responsibilities need a slight reformulation working towards getting back just two hours of their time per week: one hour for further development of their spiritual fatherhood and sanctity and one hour to give specific individuals spiritual direction and shape others as spiritual companions to assist in this challenge.
Chanterelles in The Garden
God has manifested beauty since the beginning of time which became especially apparent in the Gardens of Eden and Gethsemane. There is nothing in nature more beautiful to me than to be standing in a group of Chanterelle mushrooms growing among the green moss of a moist riverside, precious gifts in and from The Garden. Appreciating nature opens a window to recognize God’s gift of Himself as Christ in life and action. Christ’s expectation of our behavior regarding all of creation is clearly infused within the Beatitudes (Mt 5:3-12).There can be no doubt that God delights in making extraordinary beauty plainly visible in the ordinary daily activities of our lives. Exploring this awareness of what God has provided, and continues to provide, increases our sensitivity of how we need to treat each other and creation. To recognize each other as beautiful gifts from God, far more precious than Chanterelles at the river’s edge, has transformed me and immersed me deeply in the garden metaphor. Earth and Heaven have become seamless, Our Father…. Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven.