Adrienne von Speyr, whom Hans Urs von Balthasar called "one of the great mystics of the Church", shares her own prayers with us on a variety of spiritual themes. These prayers from a modern mystic who lived very much in the world as a devoted medical doctor and wife are profound, unique and intriguing. They cover a variety of themes and needs that will be both an inspiration and help to spiritual seekers. Her prayers include such themes as "Before the Tabernacle", "Prayer for Times of Weariness", "For Renewal of the Spirit", "For Detachment", "For the Right Use of Suffering", "For Constancy", and a whole section of Marian Prayers with such themes as "Thru Mary to Christ", "Prayer of Mary in the Family" and "Mary's Prayer at the Cross".
Adrienne von Speyr (1902–1967) was a Swiss medical doctor, a convert to Catholicism, a mystic, and an author of more than sixty books on spirituality and theology. She collaborated closely with theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar, her confessor for twenty-seven years, and together they founded the Community of Saint John. Her numerous books, published by Ignatius Press, are a major contribution to the wisdom of the Church. Among her most important works are Book of All Saints, Confession, The World of Prayer, Handmaid of the Lord, and The Passion from Within.