To inspire your prayer life in this new year, I recommend A World of Prayer: Spiritual leaders, activists, and humanitarians share their favorite prayers.
Published by the consistently excellent Orbis Books
, this exciting collection of over 100 prayers was edited by Rosalind Bradley
. The prayers come from a breadth of religious traditions and from cultures around the globe. The collection includes favorite prayers selected by prominent people of faith, including theologians, artists, writers, musicians, and Nobel peace prize winners. It is uplifting to see Mairead Corrigan, Nelson Mandela, and Yusuf Islam gathered in one place. Each prayer is accompanied by a personal commentary or reflection.
As a small taste, I offer here one of my own favorites, written by Teresa of Avila, who lived from 1515 to 1582 in Spain. It was selected for this volume and translated by theologian James Alison.
Nada te turbe, May nothing wind you up,
nada te espante, Nothing affright you;
todo se pasa Everything comes and goes
Dios no se muda God, still, just there;
la paciencia Through patience
todo lo alcanza; All will be achieved.
quien a Dios tiene If you have God,
nada le falta: You lack nothing:
solo Dios basta. God alone will do.
prayer © 2012 by Rosalind Bradley
Disclosure: No fee was received for this review.