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The blueprint for a contemplative life of prayer has arrived

Tuesday, February 11, 2020  
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Mysteries of intensifying prayer at the heart of new book that helps readers ponder a deeper union with Christ

SAN FRANCISCO — The mystery of the interior life of God and how to experience even a glimpse of that life through deep, self-forgetful prayer is the subject of a new book by Fr. Donald Haggerty, CONTEMPLATIVE ENIGMAS.

Fr. Donald Haggerty, a priest of the Archdiocese of New York, has been a Professor of Moral Theology at St. Joseph’s Seminary in New York and Mount St. Mary's Seminary in Maryland. He has a long association as a spiritual director for Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity. Fr. Haggerty is the author of the books Conversions, Contemplative Hunger, and Contemplative Provocations, and has many years leading retreats incorporating contemplative prayer. 

It’s no accident that Fr. Haggerty delivers this essential guide to silent and contemplative prayer in the midst of another turbulent time in the history of the Church. Many people have a need for this kind of challenging prayer life and Fr. Haggerty wrote CONTEMPLATIVE ENIGMAS with the knowledge that Catholics have been yearning for a way to open the door of their hearts wider for Christ.

A recognized expert on contemplative spirituality, Fr. Haggerty concentrates on the mystery of interior trial and difficulty in contemplative prayer. The hardships experienced in the interior life by souls who give themselves to God wholeheartedly are often little acknowledged, yet they are seen with some regularity in contemplative lives.

Throughout the book, Fr. Haggerty invites the reader to ponder the subject of spiritual darkness, perplexity and simple struggle in the spiritual life always in the light of the loving hand of God drawing the soul into a greater surrender to himself. CONTEMPLATIVE ENIGMAS offers a unique aid and stimulus in the quest for a deeper spirituality.

“This penetrating yet accessible, deep but readable guide will leave us when finished more consoled, competent and conversant in the noble art of prayer,” said Cardinal Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York. 

For more information, to request a review copy or to schedule an interview with Fr. Haggerty, please contact Kevin Wandra (404-788-1276 or KWandra@CarmelCommunications.com) of Carmel Communications.     

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