Just yesterday, March 16th, 2012, after attending morning Mass at a parish I'm not a parishioner, I stooped the priest outside and asked him if he might have an interest and the time to offer me spiritual direction. I sensed that as an older priest who reverently prayed the Mass and who exudes peacefulness and the joy of Wisdom, he might be the spiritual directer I am in search of. Turns out he was visiting Arizona from N. Dakota and was to leave in a week. He offered me a number of suggestions and said he would talk with a priest friend of his who was moving to our diocese to retire full time. I gave him all of my contact information and he said he'd call me after speaking to the retired Monsignor from N.D.
It turns out that the retired priest is 84 years old, hard of hearing and did not feel that he was in a good position to direct. So after a somewhat lengthy conversation he said he'd mail me a book titled He and I and asked if I'd heard of it and when I looked at my small collection of books, it was smack dab in the middle of the top row. This priest then went on to tell me that he prays from the Breviary and this book daily, and in his opinion, was an extremely helpful spiritual guide.
He went on to suggest that I not try and read it from front to back but to evoke the Holy Spirit in prayer and then randomly stop at any page I might fell prompted to stop at. Once there,
read to a point that grabbed my full attention or I felt God wanted me to contemplate and then spend as long as it took to feel satisfied that I got the message. Lectio Divina type of prayer.
I wasn't sure where the book came from originally as I know I didn't buy it and then I spoke with my sister who is fairly certain it came from our father who was very orthodox when living in this world. She seems to recall being offered the book and then not feeling right about something or other and then having never read it. She is looking into the book as I am and that is how I ended up here.
While these comments are helpful, I was hoping for something a bit more definitive as far as the teaching authority of the Church is concerned. I've read some books such as the " I Am Your Jesus of Mercy" collection only to find out that they were considered false by the Church so I'm always on my guard in this regard. As someone already mentioned, knowing the true source is critical and the workings of the evil one are always wrapped in sweet sounding words that are like honey to the mind so discernment is both critical and difficult.
Not sure what I will do with this book but am possibly inclined to set it aside for now until more of those I trust feel it's beneficial to my journey to and with God.