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“If we want to be spiritual, then, let us first of all live our lives. Let us not fear the responsibilities and the inevitable distractions of the work appointed for us by the will of God. Let us embrace reality and thus find ourselves immersed in the life-giving will and wisdom of God which surrounds us everywhere.”—Thomas Merton, Thoughts in Solitude

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  1. Where God Happens

    Where God Happens

    Discovering Christ in One Another

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    • Rowan Williams
    The place "where God happens," according to Rowan Williams's striking new reading of the Desert Fathers and Mothers, is between each other. It's a truth that we of the twenty-first century most urgently need to learn in order to heal the experience of alienation that has become endemic to our age, and these odd and appealing ancient figures, surprisingly, hold keys to this healing. The fourth-century Christian hermits… Read More

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  2. Echoing Silence

    Echoing Silence

    Thomas Merton on the Vocation of Writing

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    • Thomas Merton
    • edited by
    • Robert Inchausti
    When Thomas Merton entered a Trappist monastery in December 1941, he turned his back on secular life—including a very promising literary career. He sent his journals, a novel-in-progess, and copies of all his poems to his mentor, Columbia professor Mark Van Doren, for safe keeping, fully expecting to write little, if anything, ever again. It was a relatively short-lived resolution, for Merton almost immediately found himself being assigned writing… Read More

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  3. Little Flowers of Francis of Assisi

    Little Flowers of Francis of Assisi

    A New Translation

    This collection of folk tales, legends, and narratives about the life of Francis of Assisi and his followers appeared about seventy-five years after the saint’s death, in the early fourteenth century. The writings have remained popular ever since due to their beauty and charm, and because they are the nearest thing to a biography of Francis that exists. They are the source of many of the most famous stories about… Read More

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  4. Chanting the Psalms

    Chanting the Psalms

    A Practical Guide with Instructional CD

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    • Cynthia Bourgeault
    Chanting the psalms, or psalmody, is an ancient practice of vital importance in the Christian spiritual tradition. Today many think of it as a discipline that belongs only in monasteries—but psalmody is a spiritual treasure that is available to anyone who prays. You don’t need to be musical or a monk to do it, and it can be enjoyed in church liturgical worship, in groups, or even individually as part… Read More

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  5. Who Is God?

    Who Is God?

    The Soul's Road Home

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    • Irma Zaleski
    God. It's such a small word to stand for such an immense mystery. Great theologians and ordinary folks have wrestled with it and lost. But this is just as it should be, according to Irma Zaleski. Any answer to the question "Who is God?" that satisfies our minds will likely be a false one, an idea about a reality that transcends ideas. Yet there is great value in asking the… Read More

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  6. On the Prayer of Jesus

    On the Prayer of Jesus

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    • Ignatius Brianchaninov
    Thousands have fallen in love with the anonymously authored book The Way of a Pilgrim—the account of an ordinary man's encounter with the Eastern Orthodox Christian practice of the Jesus Prayer, which consists of the constant repetition of the short phrase, "Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy upon me." Here is the perfect introduction to this life-changing practice, as it was taught by one of the great spiritual lights of… Read More

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  7. Desert Father

    Desert Father

    A Journey in the Wilderness with Saint Anthony

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    • James Cowan
    The spiritual exploits of Saint Anthony the Great—the prototype of the Christian "Desert Father"—have been immortalized in stories and art since the fourth century. Here is the stunning account of a modern seeker's quest to get beneath the legends that surround Anthony and to determine whether his extreme way of life has something to offer people in today's world. James Cowan's quest takes him to Egypt, to the monastery that… Read More

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  8. The Very Lowly

    The Very Lowly

    A Meditation on Francis of Assisi

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    • Christian Bobin,
    • Michael H. Kohn
    Why have we come to revere Francis of Assisi, a simple thirteenth-century Italian merchant's son, as a saint? Why has his appeal endured over eight hundred years and even expanded beyond the world of Catholicism to make him one of the most beloved religious figures of all time? This penetrating meditation on Francis's life gently but sure-handedly cuts through every pious legend to uncover what is timeless and universally true… Read More

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  9. Christian Teachings on the Practice of Prayer

    Christian Teachings on the Practice of Prayer

    From the Early Church to the Present

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    • Lorraine Kisly
    From John Chrysostom in the fourth century to Teresa of Avila in the sixteenth to William Butler Yeats in the twentieth, this wide-ranging collection is a treasury of writings on prayer from throughout the history of Christianity. Lorraine Kisly has arranged the material according to the great general themes of prayer—such as praise, thanksgiving, repentance, and purification—to make this anthology serve as a course in Christian prayer for anyone, as… Read More

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  10. Meister Eckhart, from Whom God Hid Nothing

    Meister Eckhart, from Whom God Hid Nothing

    Sermons, Writings, & Sayings

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    • Meister Eckhart
    • edited by
    • Dave O'Neal
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