An Invitation to Love

A Personal Retreat on the Great Commandment

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ISBN: 978-0-8294-4667-8

Every person needs a retreat sometime—to replenish the soul and renew life's focus.

But what if you can't spend time away from home? What if, instead, you could go on a personal at-home prayer retreat with one of the most experienced and best-loved spiritual directors of our day?

An Invitation to Love provides a practical and adaptable sequence of prayer sessions on the great commandment of the Christian faith: to love God and love our neighbor. All other aspects of a healthy and hopeful life grow from our practices of love. When we experience God's love for us, we can respond with a growing love for God. Loving God will transform us into people who can love our neighbors, too, whoever they are.

The voice that speaks in these pages so personally and warmly is that of William A. Barry, SJ, who for decades has gently accompanied people in their prayer. His understanding of Scripture, expertise in nurturing spiritual growth, and joyful confidence in God's desire for our friendship prepares a welcoming and walkable path to conversation with God and renewal in our hearts.

Author Bio

William Barry, SJ

William A. Barry, SJ, was a veteran spiritual director who served as tertian director for the New England Province of the Society of Jesus. He died in December of 2020, leaving a legacy that will long influence spiritual directors and seekers.

2020 International Book Awards, Finalist: Spirituality: Inspirational   

2019 Independent Press Awards, Winner: Spirituality 

2019 Association of Catholic Publishers’ “Excellence in Publishing Book Awards,” Second Place: Prayer 

2019 Best Book Awards, Finalist: Spirituality: Inspirational  

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