Like the First Morning

The Morning Offering as a Daily Renewal

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Format: Paperback

Publication date: April 17, 2015

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In Like the First Morning, acclaimed author and teacher Michael J. Ortiz presents both a literary and a deeply personal approach to the Morning Offering, a popular form of daily prayer practiced by millions of Catholics worldwide. The book reveals the depth of this simple devotion, showing how a daily offering up of prayers, works, joys, and sufferings renews every aspect of life, and inspires the reader to live each day with greater intentionality and joy.

Like the First Morning reflects upon the Morning Offering, a popular and beloved Catholic devotion prayed at the start of each day to consecrate the day to Christ. Michael Ortiz, a religion and English teacher and author of Swan Town, draws from theologians, popes, poets, novelists, philosophers, mystics, and saints to help readers to become more fully aware of the beauty of God’s creation and be more open to his grace.

This unique book of Catholic spirituality consists of fourteen short, lyrical chapters, each centered on a key phrase of the prayer. The fresh approach to this ancient practice will appeal to those who seek inspiration to continue this form of daily prayer, as well as those who are unfamiliar with the devotion who want to deepen their prayer life.

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Pages: 192

Trim size: 5.5 x 8.5 inches

ISBN: 9781594715914

Imprint: Ave Maria Press

  • “Important new book.”

    “Replete with the wisdom of the saints and Christian writers through the centuries, together with his own experience of discipleship, Michael J. Ortiz, in this important new book, takes the reader through every aspect of the Morning Offering. Once you’ve read it, you’ll never want to begin another day without pausing for a moment to offer your day, through this beautiful and powerful prayer, to God.”

    From the foreword by Most Rev. William E. Lori
    Archbishop of Baltimore

  • “Freshness and depth.”

    Like the First Morning shows why and how the Mass continues in our daily lives. Using literary, philosophical, and theological references, Michael Ortiz reflects on the Morning Offering prayer, giving it freshness and depth. Thus, he helps us not only to say the words of this traditional prayer, but to pray them as well.”

    James Kubicki, S.J.
    Former National Director of the Apostleship of Prayer

  • “A welcome guide and model reflection.”

    “Michael Ortiz's short book is a welcome guide and model reflection on the various ways we can approach God. Like the First Morning provides a refreshing approach for seeing the world ‘as in the first morning,’ to recall the account of Creation in Genesis. Each day becomes a renewal of all we know and are given, of what we can hope for.”

    James V. Schall, S.J.
    Professor Emeritus
    Georgetown University

  • “This book is a must-have.”

    “With wisdom from saints and other notable Catholic authors, Michael Ortiz has devised a remarkable handbook for starting every morning out right—in the heart of our Lord and his Blessed Mother. This book is a must-have.”

    Marge Fenelon
    Author of Imitating Mary

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