Struggling with prayer? Want to talk to God but don’t know how? Buy the book Pockets of Grace: An Ignatian prayer guide, which introduces the reader to how prayer can be “exciting, consoling and enlightening,” will be both spiritually and socially uplifting, as proceeds from the book will help fund the construction of a school library for an IP school for Subanon children in Monte Central, Brgy. Patalon, Zamboanga City.
“I might be selling books, but I am not. What I am selling is a worthy cause for the benefit of the Subanon students…,” said the book’s author, Fr. Wilfredo M. Samson, SJ in an interview. While the first batch of Subanon children graduated from the said Mission School for Indigenous People last year, the school still needs a decent school library “to study, read and re-create,” said the priest.
The Ateneo de Zamboanga University (AdZU) community started building a mission grade school for the Subanon children of Patalon in 2011. “The idea came after realizing … the need to build one IP school in the mountain, so that their children will no longer need to walk for hours just to go to school,” shared Samson, who is also the AdZU vice president for formation.
According to Samson, the book, which is “not a typical religious book,” will deepen one’s prayer life. “Many of us wanted to pray, but we don’t know how. How do we listen to the voice of God? How do we dispose ourselves to silence and prayer? The book is a prayer guide and it will help anyone to pray the easy way,” he said. “It’s interactive, dynamic and exciting. But we need your desire and good disposition to really meet and commune with God. After all, a good open heart is needed to hear God’s voice.”