Night Prayer (paperback)

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from the Office of the Dead
By Br. Bernard Seif

Sixth book in the Office of the Dead series: Brother Francis O'Neil, by profession a clinical psychologist and doctor of Chinese medicine, has spent much of his twenty-first century life studying the work of his sixteenth-century monastic founders, Jane de Chantal and Francis de Sales. It is during one of his many academic and charitable trips to China, far from his home and life in Pennsylvania, when the unthinkable happens. Four-hundred-year-old ancient parchments have mysteriously come into his hands. An avid researcher and historian, O'Neil knows these parchments are special, and on closer inspection, he realizes that they may be authentic texts penned by de Chantal and de Sales. With his new acquisition, O'Neil also receives a strong feeling of foreboding that transcends time.

Something happened to de Chantal and de Sales. They were involved in an ancient mystery, as yet unsolved. Perhaps, O'Neil-who knows their work so well-will unravel the mystery of his spiritual mother and father. He's good at solving puzzles, but how good is he at staying alive, as the parchments seem to bring danger to his doorstep? Will the ancient pages end in murder abroad? Or will the danger follow him back home to Pennsylvania? 132 pages, paperback.

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Brother Bernard Seif: Brodheadsville, PA

Brother/Doctor Bernard Seif is a Catholic monk and clinical psychologist, board-certified in behavioral medicine, who belongs to the Salesian Monastic Community in Brodheadsville, Pennsylvania. He is a doctor of traditional naturopathy, specializing in Chinese medicine and skilled in the practice of Medical Qigong and Chinese herbs. He brings together the best of the Eastern and Western medicine and healing philosophies in his teaching and practice. He is widely published in professional journals and has used his insights about a wide range of healing practices to write a series of monastic mysteries. Brother Bernard is a professional member of the National Qigong Association USA, as well as its ethics chair, and a member of the World Academic Society of Medical Qigong.
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Night Prayer
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Because St Francis de Sales and St. Jane de Chantal influenced my life, I have a special reason to have enjoyed the book. the last quarter, however, seemed to be written in a confusing way. The school I attended was named for St. (Jane) Frances de Chantal and only later I learned her full name. She and St. Francis founded the Visitation Order on which rule, was based the for The Sisters of the Divine Compassion. I also visited the humble tombs of these saints in Old Annecy in France.
Anne K.