Books by Fr. Richard J. Hauser, S.J.

In His Spirit: A Guide to Today's Spirituality
Paulist Press, 1982, $8.95

The book is an informal and readable guide to contemporary Christian spirituality, blending a theoretical understanding of the Holy Spirit flowing from Scripture and contemporary theology with a practical application of the effects of the Spirit in daily life. Having established the significance of the Spirit for all Christian spirituality, it focuses on the centrality of the Spirit for adequately understanding the nature of personal prayer and for praying more effectively. It concludes with a reflections on Christian asceticism and the unity and prayer and service in Christian living.

    Table of Contents:
    I. Two Models of Spirituality
    II. Recognizing the Spirit
    III. The Holy Spirit and Personal Prayer
    IV. Improving Personal Prayer
    V. Guidelines for Living in the Spirit
    VI. One Life in Christ: Prayer and Service

Moving in the Spirit: Becoming a Contemplative in Action

Paulist Press, 1986, $8.95

The book is a practical manual for recognizing and responding to the Spirit in daily life. The central chapters blend a New Testament theology of the Holy Spirit with St. Ignatius of Loyola's principles for discerning the Spirit and for finding God's will. They translate the apostolic ideals of "finding God in all things" and "becoming a contemplative in action" into an understandable and usable daily format. The book opens with a reflection on the entire Christian spiritual journey and concludes with practical guidelines for keeping a spiritual journal. It is intended for all who seek deeper union with God in the midst of loving and serving God's people.
    Table of Contents:
    I. Awakening to the Holy Spirit
    II. Recognizing the Holy Spirit
    III. Obstacles to the Spirit
    IV. Seeking God's Will
    V. Keeping a Spiritual Journal

Finding God in Troubled Times: The Holy Spirit and Suffering,
Loyola Press
, 2002,

Where is God in suffering? The book is the author's personal reflections in the aftermath of tragic auto deaths of six university students. The opening chapter isolates two dominant approaches used by the university community to cope with the death of their friends, the first blaming God and asking "Why O God?," the second seeking God's strength and praying "Help me, God"! The central chapters compare and contrast the Old and New Testaments for their approaches to understanding and dealing with suffering. Focusing on the role of the Spirit, they examine the examples of Jesus and Paul in dealing with suffering and draw out implications for ourselves. The concluding chapter asks how we can reconcile our belief in an all-loving and all-powerful God with the existence of so much suffering in the world. The book aims to uncover our often hidden assumptions about God's relationship to suffering and to lead us to a better imitation of Jesus in understanding and dealing with our personal suffering.

    Table of Contents:
    I. Where is God in Suffering?
    II. How Does God Work in the World?
    III. Why me, O God? Old Testament Insights
    IV. Strength in Suffering: New Testament Insights
    V. Suffering with Christ: How Jesus Saves Us
    VI. All-Powerful and All-Loving? A Concluding Reflection

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