Macrina Wiederkehr opens the monastery door and invites readers to come in and learn the practice of consciously pausing for prayer at the seven sacred moments of each day. With poetic eloquence and a rich appreciation of the hectic pace of life outside the monastery, Wiederkehr shares the wisdom she has gained in a lifelong observance of the Benedictine tradition of praying seven times each day.
Using scripture, poetry, reflections, personal stories, and quotes from a rich array of spiritual teachers, Wiederkehr helps readers become more attuned to living in the present moment and develop a kindred spirit with the rich tradition of the sacred hours. Readers will discover the archetypal images and the special mood of each hour. Just as the monastic bell calls contemplatives to prayer, readers will hear through Wiederhehr's distinctive voice an invitation to pause, pray, and live in tune with the spirit of each hour.