What I’m Reading Now: The Soul’s Slow Ripening

Ancient spiritual practices for our liminal times

Irish countryside

The Soul’s Slow Ripening: 12 Celtic Practices for Seeking the Sacred by Christine Valters Painter is a collection of spiritual practices inspired by the Irish monastic tradition. This book has proven a gentle companion as I have sought to lead during the pandemic. Each chapter presents a single practice with reflections, lectio, a contemplative photography prompt, and poetry. Chapters can be dived into in any order and read slowly over a week as part of devotions. Painter includes discussion about when we go through liminal times in life and feel like we are wandering, making this volume relevant for life during the pandemic.

I just finished a two-week morning prayer cycle for an online service using this book as the basis for each day, and it let all of us joined together enjoy a virtual Irish pilgrimage.

Find out more here.

What are you reading, listening to, or watching that’s giving you hope right now? 

Let us know what’s helping you through and why, and we might feature your suggestion in this series! (If you’re not yet a member of the Faith+Lead Learning Lab, you’ll be prompted to join before sharing.)

0 0 votes
Article Rating
Notify of

Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
School for Lay Ministry Popup. Upcoming Live Learning Community
School for Lay Ministry Popup. Upcoming Live Learning Community

Unlock your full potential with the School for Lay Ministry