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In this brief synthesis of the spiritual journey, the reader is profoundly, yet simply reminded of the never-ceasing invitation to deepen one's union with God. This invitation emanates from the One who is Love itself. Our author, Sr. Mary of the Sacred Heart Sawicki, invites us to reflect with her on a lovely hummingbird, a recent visitor to her monastery. Sr. Sawicki found herself touched by this tiny bird whose fluttering evidenced a profound tranquility. At the same time she became aware of the inward movement of the human spirit so often generating an unusual tranquility. This beautiful hummingbird gracing the monastery's feeders underlined for the Dominican Nuns the all-pervading nearness of God and God's longing for our response to such closeness. -Elear Dooley, S.S.J., D.U. Paris (Sorbonne) In a refreshing manner, Sister Mary of the Sacred Heart speaks of contemplative prayer using the image of the hummingbird. In this reflection she shares with us t only her own beautiful reflections, but also the gentle attentive manner in which God becomes intimately present in the depth of a human person. -Excerpt from the forward by Fr. Bru Cadore, O.P. Master of the Order This book creates a beautiful and simple way to understand one's relationship with God and the path of prayer. However, it is t just a sweet story. It includes insights from St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Catherine of Siena and Sacred Scripture. Enjoy this wonderful reflection. -Peggy Weber, Catholic Communications writer, columnist and producer The spiritual life is explained in a brief, easy to understand presentation, using the image of a hummingbird. Excellent for busy people, students, people of all ages and states of life. With practical guidance for your spiritual journey. Sr. Mary of the Sacred Heart Sawicki, O.P. entered the Dominican Monastery of Nuns in 1964. She is the author of Celebration With Surprises: Dominican Nuns Celebrate 800 Years, and has contributed an essay to the book, Vocation in Black and White: Dominican Contemplative Nuns Tell How God Called Them. Sister has written various articles for the nuns' publications, and completed the Dominican Theological Formation Program of Studies. She has a deep love for Sacred Scripture, and has given classes on the Psalms to sisters in formation. Sr. Sawicki has studied biblical Hebrew and Greek, as well as Greek exegesis. She enjoys music, gardening and quilting. In computer expertise Sister is self taught, and helps others when they send her a distress signal! With some initial assistance, she has learned to play the guitar, flute and sopra recorder. On the creative side, she has made a number of banners to enrich the liturgical feasts celebrated at the monastery. She wears a big smile, and has a hearty laugh to match.