We have acquired an autographed copy of Sally K. Severino’s book, Becoming Fire : A Freudian Psychoanalyst’s Spiritual Journey, Call Number 242 Sev 2009. Written in the form of a memoir, Becoming Fire is an account of Dr. Severino’s personal spiritual journey, beginning as a child in Kansas and concluding with her experiences with structured spiritual meditation at St. Michael’s. Besides providing a moving account of her personal spiritual journey, Dr. Severino provides an introduction to the type of ministry practiced in the Contemplative Center at our own parish.
Conrad Hyers, The Comic Vision and the Christian Faith : A Celebration of Light and Laughter, Call Number 248.4 Hye 1981, is addressed to the 1980s when people’s inflexible political ideologies and religious doctrines discouraged them from laughing together and sharing jokes. Hyers sees comedy as a powerful tool which expands our understanding by revealing the failings of the powerful and mixing the sacred and the profane. Maybe, the twenty first century is a good time to revisit some of Hyers’ ideas.
A number of new books are in the collection, especially regarding Navajo and Native American spirituality.
We have also received some generous donations of works in theology and church history from retired clergy.