Facing East, Praying West:
Poetic Reflections on the Spiritual Exercises

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“This very meaningful, very powerful piece is the beginning of an edifice of witness that will stand for all time for all the world to see. It will be part of the chorus of voices across the ages now rising up to cry unjust to would-be preachers of justice.”
—JOAN D. CHITTISTER, O.S.B., director of Benetvision, author of Scarred by Struggle, Transformed by Hope.

“The essence of spirituality today is to conjoin again what has been torn apart, the mind and the body, spirit and matter, prayer and justice, East and West. Kent Groff does this in Facing East, Praying West with passion and with poetry.”
—JOHN PHILIP NEWELL, author of Christ of the Celts: the Healing of Creation.

“If the old rule lex orandi est lex credendi (how we pray is how we believe) has any truth to it, then this little book is a real gem of both prayer and belief in practice. Kent puts together the big picture with a big heart—and a big God.”
—FR. RICHARD ROHR, O.F.M., Center for Action and Contemplation, Albuquerque, New Mexico, author of Things Hidden