A Course In Desert Spirituality

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A Course In Desert Spirituality

Author : Thomas Merton
ISBN : 9780814684986
Genre : Religion
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2020 Association of Catholic Publishers first place award in spirituality Thomas Merton’s sessions with the young monks at the Abbey of Gethsemani showcase Merton’s brilliant ability to survey the key figures and synthesize their writings, inspiring his listeners and readers with what it means for the spiritual life. Like its companion volume, A Course in Christian Mysticism, this book is a collection of fifteen lectures that get to the heart of Merton’s belief that monastic wisdom and spirituality are applicable for everyone. This compact volume allows anyone to learn from one of the twentieth century's greatest Catholic spiritual teachers. The study materials at the back of the book, including additional primary source readings and thoughtful questions for reflection and discussion, make this an essential text for any student of Christian desert spirituality.
Category: Religion

In The Heart Of The Desert

Author : John Chryssavgis
ISBN : 9781933316567
Genre : Religion
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Father John's inspiring introduction to the spirituality of the Desert Fathers and Mothers brings their words to life for the modern reader. These key figures of the early church chose lives of hardship and solitude, where they could point their hearts away from the outward world and toward an introspective path of God's calling in a deliberate and individual way. Contains a Foreword by Metropolitan Kallistos Ware, the second highest ranking Orthodox Bishop in England.
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Brides In The Desert

Author : Saskia Murk-Jansen
ISBN : 1743240201
Genre : Beguines
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The Beguine movement arose in Europe during the thirteenth century and consisted of women living together in chastity and poverty, doing works of Christian charity. Although many of their number were wealthy, this urban phenomenon had no founder, no single rule, and no agreed way of life. The Beguine movement was part of a yearning to democratize religion, and it produced four great writers.Saskia Murk-Jansen, a specialist in medieval women's mysticism, looks at the lives and works of Beatrijs of Nazareth, Mechtild of Magdeburg, Hadewijch, and Marguerite Porete. These mystics used images, metaphor, and paradox to express the numinous aspect of God. They pioneered vernacular literature and forged theological visions out of their own experience. Their writings provide an invaluable supplement to the work of their male contemporaries.Saskia Murk-Jansen probes the key images in Beguine spirituality including the soul as the bride of God, suffering as an integral part of a relationship with the Holy One, and the desert as a place to focus on the transcendent. In this excellent, balanced treatment, Murk-Jansen clearly outlines the development of the movement, pointing to its influence as well as its repression by church authorities.
Category: Beguines

Being Truly Human

Author : Mark Mah
ISBN : 9781621899549
Genre : Religion
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Our busy exterior may be a cover-up for an undernourished interior soul. Modern life is so packed with things to do that we have not learned to be truly human. It is difficult to nurture the spiritual life in a media-saturated world filled with relentless information, ongoing activities, material wants, worrisome uncertainties, and seductive addictions. Being Truly Human challenges readers to give space in their busy life for God to do the work of transformation in the inner self. It takes inspiration from the Desert Fathers of the fourth and fifth centuries whose directness, simplicity, and concreteness to life's struggles provide a fresh perspective for modern saints. Like the desert saints, modern Christians are challenged to begin a spiritual odyssey, in the wilderness of their soul, to become their true selves. To be truly human means the freedom to love in concrete acts of humility and hospitality, acts which are truly lacking in our world today. The practice of solitude and silence will lead us to be indifferent to the crying needs of our false selves and to give God our undivided attention, which is necessary for the spiritual formation of our true selves.
Category: Religion

Love Henri

Author : Henri J. M. Nouwen
ISBN : 9781101906361
Genre : Religion
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Seven million copies of his books in print! This collection of over 100 unpublished letters from the bestselling author of such spiritual classics as The Return of the Prodigal Son and The Wounded Healer offers deep spiritual insight into human experience, intimacy, brokeness, and mercy. Over the course of his life, Henri Nouwen wrote thousands of letters to friends, acquaintances, parishioners, students, and readers of his work all around the world. He corresponded in English, Dutch, German, French, and Spanish, and took great care to store and archive the letters decade after decade. He believed that a thoughtful letter written in love could truly change someone's life. Many people looked to Nouwen as a long distance spiritual advisor. Love, Henri consists of over a hundred letters that stretch from the earliest years of Henri's career up through his last 10 years at L'Arche Daybreak. Rich in spiritual insights the letters highlight a number themes that emerged in both Henri's work over the years, including vocation, solitude, prayer, suffering, and perseverance in difficult times. These deeply spiritual letters, sometimes poignant, sometimes funny, ulimately demonstrate the rich value of communicating with God through others.
Category: Religion

The Third Desert

Author : Fabrice Blee
ISBN : 0814639496
Genre : Religion
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Over the course of its history the Christian monastic tradition has developed a desert spirituality" of solitude, silence, and self-knowledge that fosters openness to the divine presence and its transformative power. Today the divine presence is manifesting itself anew in the "desert of otherness," that sacred space in which we encounter the other as one whose difference, even of religion and spirituality, can enrich us, rather than as one who must be drawn to and converted to our own "truth." The encounter of Christians with other believers will increasingly become a place of hardship and testing that leads to union with the divine. This "third monastic desert" is, in reality, the nucleus of the Kingdom that is coming into being, where communication becomes communion. Such has been the experience of monastic men and women - Buddhists, Hindus, and Christians - who have engaged in dialogue. Having discovered an unanticipated bond between dialogue and silence, openness to the other and interiority, Christian monks invite the whole Church to join them on this journey into the desert of otherness. Fabrice Blee was born in epernay, France. He is a full professor on the faculty of theology of Saint Paul University, Ottawa, where he teaches in the areas of interreligious dialogue and Christian spirituality. He is also the director of a series on Spiritualties in Dialogue (MediasPaul); a member of the editorial board of Dilatato Corde, the online journal of Monastic Interreligious Dialogue; and an advisor to the board of directors of the North American commission of Monastic Interreligious Dialogue. "
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Leaving The Desert

Author : Pauline Edward
ISBN : 0981043321
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
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After completing a first reading of A Course in Miracles, the most challenging read of her life, the author exclaimed, Never again! Yet, she knew that if she were to make real progress with her lifelong spiritual quest, she would need a thorough understanding of the Course s unique thought system. So, back to school she went the school of life, that is. Though a seasoned seeker, never did she anticipate the dark nights she would encounter along the journey, nor the gift of grace that would pull her through. Readers will delight in the same profound spiritual insight, candour, humour and lively writing style as found in Making Peace with God. This book is a wonderful companion for both new and seasoned students of A Course in Miracles. "
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Silence And Honey Cakes

Author : Rowan Williams
ISBN : 9780745958224
Genre : Religion
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Rowan Williams goes back to the 4th century desert fathers and mothers for inspiration and insight, discovering that their spirituality resonates strongly with aspects of the modern spiritual search. He uses examination of their stories and sayings as a starting point for his own reflections on topics such as: living in relationship with others; discovering the truth about ourselves; reassessing our priorities; silence and the importance of language; living in a fearless community; living within our limitations; life and death; staying and leaving.
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Words Of Spirituality

Author : Enzo Bianchi
ISBN : 9780281068685
Genre : Religion
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Abba, give me a word!' So young monks and visitors to desert monasteries would often address an 'elder' at the beginning of the fourth century. These seekers believed that a word originating outside oneself would descend into the heart and give direction to one's inner life. Enzo Bianchi has tried to let himself be guided by the biblical and patristic tradition in Words of Spirituality, his response to the requests of those who ask him for 'a reason for his hope'. These 'words' of Fr Bianchi are not listed alphabetically or by theme. Rather they are arranged to take us on a journey. Through the use of a method of allusions and cross-references, one term evokes another, explains it in part, and sets aside some elements of its definition to be taken up further on. At the heart of the book is the conviction that our life has meaning: it is not our task to invent or determine that meaning, but simply to discover it - present and active - in and around us.
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Pneumatology And The Christian Buddhist Dialogue

Author : Amos Yong
ISBN : 9789004231245
Genre : Religion
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This project at the interface of Buddhist-Christian studies, comparative theology, and Christian systematic theology proceeds by way of exploring questions related to the presence and activity of the Holy Spirit in a 21st century world of many faiths.
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Spiritual Classics From The Early Church

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ISBN : 0715148273
Genre : Religion
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This is an exploration of the rich spirituality of the Church Fathers found in the writings of Cyprian; the Desert Fathers and Mothers; Basil the Great; Gregory of Nyssa; John Chrysostom; Augustine; Benedict; and Gregory the Great.
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The Erotic Contemplative

Author : Michael Bernard Kelly
ISBN : 9780987403766
Genre : Social Science
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The Erotic Contemplative (eBook) is a companion study guide and notes to the video lecture series The Erotic Contemplative (1994) by Michael Bernard Kelly. Recently digitised and reissued, the lectures explore traditional modes of Christian contemplation in the context of spirituality in the lives of lesbians and gays. The lectures are affirming and healing words for this generation from a gifted scholar and counsellor. Michael Bernard Kelly is an Adjunct Research Associate at Monash University’s Centre for Religious Studies, Australia. Over the past twenty years he has led retreats, spoken at conferences, lectured at universities and published essays and papers in Australia, the UK and the USA. He is the author/presenter of The Erotic Contemplative video-lecture series, author of Seduced by Grace a(clouds of Magellan Press) and Christian Mysticism’s Queer Flame: Spirituality in the Lives of Contemporary Gay Men (Routledge Studies in Religion).
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All Religion Is Inter Religion

Author : Kambiz GhaneaBassiri
ISBN : 9781350062221
Genre : Religion
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All Religion Is Inter-Religion analyses the ways inter-religious relations have contributed both historically and philosophically to the constructions of the category of “religion” as a distinct subject of study. Regarded as contemporary classics, Steven M. Wasserstrom's Religion after Religion (1999) and Between Muslim and Jew (1995) provided a theoretical reorientation for the study of religion away from hierophanies and ultimacy, and toward lived history and deep pluralism. This book distills and systematizes this reorientation into nine theses on the study of religion. Drawing on these theses--and Wasserstrom's opus more generally--a distinguished group of his colleagues and former students demonstrate that religions can, and must, be understood through encounters in real time and space, through the complex relations they create and maintain between people, and between people and their pasts. The book also features an afterword by Wasserstrom himself, which poses nine riddles to students of religion based on his personal experiences working on religion at the turn of the twenty-first century.
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Active Spirituality

Author : Kent Ira Groff, Founding Mentor
ISBN : 9781566994637
Genre : Religion
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A practical guidebook for the inquiring layperson seeking a holistic, intelligent look at the spiritual life, and for the pastor or religious professional seeking a systematic framework and spiritual practices to re-ignite the flame of faith. Groff explains what it means to believe and what to do after you say you believe-through a unique integration of spirituality and service, heart and mind, and various faith traditions. Explore five spiritual disciplines: community, solitude, learning, service, and vocation. Great for study groups.
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Gravionics And A Spiritual Life

Author : μmike
ISBN : 1467098914
Genre : Science
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Gravionics is the study of the individual connections of gravity that bind all mass together and through which all energy transfers are made in the real world. For years, scientists have thought that gravity was just a big sheet of something that acted on mass. Now we know that gravity is made of individual connections, called gravions, and that these connections arise from the mass. As different physical systems move through an infinite cosmos, they come into contact with each other, making and breaking gravionic connections. Human beings have very complex gravitational interactions and the study of these interactions can help mankind in its quest to better understand science and to obtain a spiritual life. Spirituality is defined as the actions between sentient beings where all energy transfers are positive and loving. Love is defined as the actions of sentient beings whereby they give more energy than they take and where they make more connections of gravity than they break, recognizing that all real events are first and foremost gravitational events. By learning a simple set of rules, human beings can become spiritual in a way that is measurable by science and good for our planet and the individuals that live here. Human beings must become more aware of our position in the cosmos. We must rise to a gravionic awareness of our universe. This means that we must develop our communal energies and work together as a species to save ourselves and our delicate planet. We must apply gravionics to all of science and begin teaching its spiritual aspects to children when they first enter their formal schooling. If gravionics were learned by all, humanity could save our precious planet and take our place as citizens of the cosmos.
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Seeking The Centre

Author : Roslynn D. Haynes
ISBN : 0521571111
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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This exciting, highly illustrated book reveals the impact of the desert on Australian culture.
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Anglican Spiritual Direction

Author : Peter Ball
ISBN : 9780819226709
Genre : Religion
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An overview of the distinctive Anglican tradition of spiritual guidance, looking at five centuries of history alongside an analysis of contemporary practice.
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Reading The Christian Spiritual Classics

Author : Jamin Goggin
ISBN : 9780830895496
Genre : Religion
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This new collections of essays edited by Kyle Strobel and Jamin Goggin offers an evangelical hermeneutic for reading the Christian spiritual classics. Addressing the why, what and how of reading these texts, these essays challenge us to find our own questions deepened by the church's long history of spiritual reflection.
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