This dictionary of monastic wisdom offers an A Z on how to be in the world, but not of it In Chittister s initimitable style, she eschews the spiritual quick fix in favor of a solid spiritual direction that has stood the test of time.Each entry illuminates a spiritual quality we can cultivate, from Awareness to Zeal, Community to Interiority, Enlightenment to Yearning and many Each open with a story from the desert mystics, then seques into a practical application of that value for our tumultuous times.Readers hungry for ancient wisdom that is ever new will find it in abundance in Illuminated Life....
|Title||:||Illuminated Life: Monastic Wisdom for Seekers of Light|
|Publisher||:||Orbis Books January 2, 2010|
|Number of Pages||:||144 pages|
|File Size||:||565 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Illuminated Life: Monastic Wisdom for Seekers of Light Reviews
Reading this wonderful book is richly nourishing in the monastic wisdom that guides the seeker in finding the presence of God in the everyday living of life. Whether performing the most humble of tasks or simply seeing the face of God in the neighbor, marvelling at the complexity and beauty of the creation around us and so much more, corporate, communal worship then flows into the weekday world and sustains that presence in a healthy, non-compartmentalized spirituality. This is a book that deserves to be a part of daily reading as it is timeless.
I am using this as part of a daily meditation. It's essentially an A-Z of spiritual / contemplative principles and each day I read one letter of the alphabet. It is also a helpful reference when I am struggling with a specific area to go and re-read that section. It is therefore also an extremely helpful tool when working with others as you can jump to the concept most relevant. Have also used it for a small group reading and discussion where we each shared what passages spoke most to us from the section being discussed and then discussed those.
This is one of my favorite authors of spirituality. She says a lot with few words. This book is a terrific daily devotional. There is a chapter for every letter of the alphabet, so reading it over and over again is easy to do on a monthly basis. By the end of a year of continually reading this gem of a book, the characteristics she writes of should be pretty well ingrained within a person!
What a lovely book! I have read it through once and am now reading it again as a daily devotional!
Our Adult education co-ordinator has used this in presentations over the past year. It is insightful and worth reading again and again. Putting the principals in action will result in a changed life.
Thoughtful, beautifully written and so many entries can be applied to every-day life. Helps the reader see the "holy" moments that we often miss in life---and also those moments not-so-holy that we need to work on weeding out.
Sister Chittister presents an inspired description of contemplative existence and clears a path introducing monastic dedication and perspective into daily life.