Archbishop Dolan went from the peace and quiet of Wisconsin to the hustle and bustle of New York City. In Doers of the Word, he writes very eloquently about how he has found that God is present both in the stillness of meditation and in the busy-ness of every day life. This idea really struck a chord with me as I struggle with finding quiet time to reflect and think (and, let’s be honest, sometimes just stare at the wall and wonder about 4 year old boys) in the middle of busy days.
The book is a set of meditations written over time by Dolan as he spent time in his private chapel. They are short and written in an easy-going, humble, yet shepherdly sort of way, and contain insight and wisdom that I found very helpful in my life as a wife and mother. He did not write specifically to one set of people, but his thoughts are relevant to just about anyone in any stage of life and living any vocation.
Each meditation ends with a prayer and then a small “blurb” about some tradition of the Church. These were interesting, but sometimes seemed a bit odd in relation to the meditation just finished.
I enjoyed this book; the only thing I wished for was that some of the meditations were longer so that the idea in them could be more fully developed. As it was, in keeping them short, a few of them felt like what I call “fluff” – a feel-good type of writing that just about anyone could come up with. Thankfully, most of them held something (or were a good starting point for my own thoughts) a bit more substantial.
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