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Speaking to God, Enhancing Our Personal Prayer Shirley Muriel Sullivan

Speaking to God, Enhancing Our Personal Prayer

Shirley Muriel Sullivan

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CONTENTSGod’s call is for all people to have a personal relationship with him. Very often in the Psalms and other books of the Old Testament God speaks directly to human beings, always promising them salvation and happiness in his presence. In the New Testament we hear the Son of God teach his people directly. But many texts that form part of our liturgical life present God in the third person. Consequently, God can seem to be a remote and distant figure. This book treats passages from the Old and New Testaments as well as the creeds in direct address to God, showing how this presentation proves to be great help for growth in personal prayer and faith.PURPOSES OF THIS BOOKThis purpose of this book is to show how passages presented in direct address can enhance our prayer and faith. We come into the presence of God and speak to him directly. Passages lead us into an intimate relationship with God who longs to be in relationship with us.TABLE OF CONTENTSPreface1. Speaking to God2. Apostles’ and Nicene Creeds3. Canticles of Zechariah, Mary, and Simeon4. Psalms 23, 24, and 335. Psalms 34, 46, and 536. Psalms 71 and 917. Psalms 103 and 1218. Passages from Isaiah9. Passages from Amos, Job, and Wisdom10. Passages from 1 Corinthians and Ephesians11. Passages from Philippians, Romans, and 1 John12. Our Relationship with GodSourcesIndex of Scripture Passages DiscussedBiography of Dr. Shirley Sullivan, FRSCShirley Sullivan, FRSC, is an Emeritus Professor of Classics at the University of British Columbia. In the field of Classics she has written 5 books and over 70 articles. The principal focus of her research has been on early Greek psychology and philosophy. She has studied the concept of the soul in Greek thought from the earliest Greek texts in the 7th century BC down to Plato in the 4th century BC. In recognition of her research she won a Senior Killam Research Prize. In recognition of her teaching she won a Killam Teaching Prize. In recognition of her scholarship in Classics she has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.Greek Philosophy and Drama2000. Euripides Use of Psychological Terminology. Montreal: McGill-Queens University Press. Pp. xii, 234.1999. Sophocles Use of Psychological Terminology: Old and New. Ottawa: Carleton University Press. Pp. xii, 290.1997. Aeschylus Use of Psychological Terminology: Traditional and New. Montreal: McGill-Queens University Press. Pp. xi, 288.1995. Psychological and Ethical Ideas: What Early Greeks Say. Leiden and New York: E. J. Brill. Pp. xii, 262. Mnemosyne Supplement, 144.1988. Psychological Activity in Homer: A Study of Phrēn. Ottawa: Carleton University Press. Pp. ix, 303.Dr. Sullivan has taught for many years at St. Mark’s Roman Catholic College on the campus of the University of British Columbia. In 1994, working with the Basilians Fathers, she introduced a Diploma in Christian Spirituality. This Diploma was later transformed, becoming part of the Master’s Degrees currently offered at St. Mark’s College. Each year, from 1994-2001, she taught the year-long course, The History of Christian Spirituality. In the past few years she has taught courses on St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross. She has also taught courses on St. Francis of Assisi and the Liturgy of the Hours. Her interest in the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius led to write a book on them and also to teach courses on St. Ignatius. On Christian Spirituality she has written 7 books.