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    Day by Day With Saint Francis: A Fransican Breviary

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    Utterly in love with Jesus Christ and living in poverty, Francis of Assisi touched history. Christians, followers of other religions and even those who declare they have no faith, find they have something in common with him that stirs their sympathy. In 1209, as a young man from the Umbrian region, he went to see the pope. He sought permission to live exactly as Jesus Christ had done: poor obedient, celibate. From a distance the pope saw Francis and his eleven companions. But he had Francis sent away, banishing from his presence the very man sent by providence who could have turned his hopes for the Church into reality. Later, the pope recalled a dream he'd had. He had seen the Lateran basilica leaning dangerously to one side, when suddenly a little monk, looking like a beggar, supported it with his shoulder and stopped it from collapsing. 'Of course,' the pope understood, 'that monk was Francis of Assisi!' How could he not listen to him? We today, can listen to him through his writings, the stories and biographies that speak of him. It would be like a new dawn, reversing the decline all around us into a new future. The texts in this book can all be found in the Early Documents series of the Franciscan movement published by New City in three volumes plus a fourth volume containing the index for these Early Documents.
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    Drinking From the Hidden Fountain: a patristic breviary, ancient wisdom for today’s world.

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    Sparkling in the ancient texts of the Fathers of the Church 'the bishop, monks and theologians who wrote during the first formative six christian centuries 'is a fountain of wisdom overflowing with spiritual nourishment for the world today. By presenting a passage for meditation each day through the year, the volume offers an introduction both to the Fathers and to monastic lectio. It speaks not only to the individual seekers but also to those who guide others along the paths of the spirit.
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    Faith Beyond Belief: spirituality for our times

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    Bro David Steindl-Rast is a monk of Mount Saviour Monastery in Elmira, New York, and Father Anselm Grun OSB, is a monk of the Benedictine abbey of Munsterschwarzach, Germany. Together they are figures of hope, people who by the power of their example can offer an orientation in a world that has become too complex to comprehend.  This book is based on their conversations, and could be read as a 'crash course' in foundational Christian spirituality. In this book we meet two spiritual masters speaking from their hearts and a wealth of experience.
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    Holy Thirst : Essentials of Carmelite Spirituality

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    This volume presents all the essential themes of Carmelite spirituality, as exemplified in Carmelite classics such as The Way of Perfection of St. Teresa of Avila, The Ascent of Mount Carmel of St. John of the Cross, The Story of a Soul of St. Therese of Lisieux, and The Practice of the Presence of God of Brother Lawrence. Also included are shorter portions of lesser known writings by more recent Carmelites: St. Elizabeth of the Trinity, St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein), and Sr. Miriam of the Holy Spirit (Jessica Powers).
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    I loved Jesus in the Night: Teresa of Calcutta

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    I Loved Jesus in the Night is one priest's compelling memories of the icon of compassion. Sharing anecdote and firsthand experiences, Fr. Paul Murray gives a glimpse into why Mother Teresa had feelings of being a "saint of darkness." This very personal, yet powerful book is an attempt to understand the dark night experiences that she endured in the light of the Gospel and of the mystical teachings of St. John of the Cross. And something else as well...revelations of Mother Teresa's sense of humour! Through this intimate look at her "private writings," Paul Murray illumines the meaning of a life that is only now beginning to be understood.
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    Precious Thoughts: daily readings from Thomas Merton

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    Thomas Merton wrote to people of all faiths and none; he wrote to people who were searching, and those who were firmly established in religious orders; he wrote to students, peace activists and `ordinary' people who had read about him and were curious. Some are letters of spiritual direction, a sharing of spiritual insights and social concerns, some more personal. In this carefully selected collection, Merton scholar, Fiona Gardner, has focused on extracts that seem to speak to all who are searching. They have been chosen because they offer an opening into something other - to provide a way into both silence and contemplative prayer.
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    Reading with God: Lectio Divina

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    Lectio Divina, or the art of praying with the Bible, was an art all but lost outside monastic communities, but now being re-discovered by  increasing numbers of lay people.  Following St. Benedict's opening command in his Rule to "listen", attending to the word of God through the printed text  is an art which helps us to listen to God in a world where we are surrounded by a cacophony of noise.  David Foster has written a masterly guide to this art.
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    The Love That Made Saint Teresa

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    Part biography and part spiritual reading, this book brings to light little-known stories from Mother Teresa's life that will help you to grow in your love of God. You will learn her approach to reading Scripture, what enabled her to persevere through agonizing nights, and the remarkable -- some would say mystical -- events that led her to start the Missionaries of Charity.In considering Mother Teresa, her private visions, and her secret sufferings, David Scott has discovered scores of early episodes and chance encounters that point to later, larger meanings. These remarkable patterns, he suggests, show that Mother Teresa's life was choreographed from above, as if a divine script had been written for her from before her birth.In these pages, you will meet for the first time the Mother Teresa who challenged the ancient Goddess of Death and became the first saint of our global village. You will read as she describes, in long-secret letters, the dark night of her soul. The woman you will meet is one that God himself sent to you as a clear sign that despite pain and suffering in our lives and in our world, God's good love will prevail ...beginning in what she called the slums of our hearts. We are all called to holiness, and the saints are sent to us as real-life examples of God's love. With Mother Teresa as your guide, you'll learn how to follow God's call and find holiness in a world marked by the shadow of death and growing indifference to God. Indeed, you'll learn how to be an everyday missionary of Christ's love in the ordinary activities of your daily life.
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    To Live is To Pray: an introduction to Carmelite spirituality

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    Carmelite spirituality is a way of life that spells Freedom. Rooted in the experience of the desert mothers and fathers who sought God in solitude, it can accommodate many temperaments and approaches. The primary focus is on Finding the way of prayer that will bring you closest to God. This warm and engaging book introduces six great Carmelite Figures and their individual ways of prayer. Let Teresa of Avila, St John of the Cross, Brother Lawrence, Therese of Lisieux and others help you discover the pathway to authentic spiritual growth.
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    Walking in Valleys of Darkness : A Benedictine Journey through Troubled Times

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    Trusting in the Lord and his benevolence is easy when life is going well - not so easy when life seems difficult. Yet, walking through what the author calls 'valleys of darkness' can bring us opportunities for insight and grace we might not experience when we are walking through good times. Benedictine monk Fr. Albert Holtz invites the reader to walk with him through five periods of pain and difficulty in his own life, including being diagnosed with cancer and dealing with the death of his brother. In a series of twenty-four meditations, the author shows how insights behind such New Testament words such as courage, compassion, and trust, became a source of practical help and spiritual strength for him during those difficult times. His down-to-earth reflections can do the same for anyone trying to understand how the mystery of Christ's passion, death and resurrection can help us cope with, and even profit from, life's inevitable struggles and sufferings.
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    Seven Sacred Spaces

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    George Lings spent an extended time with us at the Northumbria Community in 2009 and during this and other visits and studies brought together some key thinking about healthy communities. George Lings spent an extended time with us at the Northumbria Community in 2009 and during this and other visits and studies brought together some key thinking about healthy communities. During his stay he facilitated a teaching and discussion weekend around this and other topics and it was during this weekend that George admits he added the seventh sacred space - the chapter house. There is an audio series which compliments this booklet available (see related products below). What makes a healthy Christian community? George Lings, director of Church Army's Research Unit, believes we have much to learn from monastic communities. His travels this year have included visits to Taiz
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    The Genesee Diary: report from a Trappist monastery

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    This touching observation is central to the probing spiritual journal of Henri Nouwen recorded during his seven-month stay in a Trappist monastery. During this period he had a unique opportunity to explore crucial issues of the spiritual life and discover 'a quiet stream underneath the fluctuating affirmations and rejections of our little world'. Henri Nouwen participated fully in the daily life and routine of the Abbey of the Genesee in upstate New York - in work and in prayer. He relates here the typical human experiences and questions that had somehow prevented Christ from being the centre of his existence. From the early weeks in the abbey - dominated by conflicting desires and concerns - to the final days of Advent, when he has found a new sense of calm expectation, Henri Nouwen never loses his critical honesty. Insightful, compassionate, often humorous, always realistic, The Genesee Diary is both an inspiration and a challenge to those who are in search of themselves.  
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  • The Seven Story Mountain
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    The Seven Storey Mountain

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    The complete and unedited edition of Thomas Merton's famous autobiography, one of the greatest works of spiritual pilgrimage ever written. Thomas Merton (1915 - 1968) was a Trappist monk, writer, peace and civil rights activist.
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  • Finding Happiness
    Finding Happiness
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    Finding Happiness: Monastic Steps for a Fulfilling Life

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    Our obsession with seeking happiness through consumption and pleasure often leads to very little fulfillment. In this accessible and engaging book, Abbot Christopher Jamison encourages alternative approaches to our view of happiness. He turns to monastic wisdom and Benedictine tradition to offer answers to the eternal question: what does it mean to be truly happy? He also looks in turn at the demons that make us unhappy, providing guidance and generous insight on our search for contentment.
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  • Finding Sanctuary
    Finding Sanctuary
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    Finding Sanctuary: Monastic Steps for Everyday Life

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    In this inspirational and practical book, Abbot Christopher Jamison, from Worth Abbey, outlines the wisdom of St Benedict and suggests how it can be applied to life outside the monastery. He speaks especially to those who are not sure what they believe but are looking for ways to find spiritual space and peace in the busy, and often confusing, modern world.
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    Finding the Monk Within
    Finding the Monk Within
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    Finding the Monk Within: Great Monastic Values Today

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    With its focus upon key, dynamic monastic figures from late antiquity to the medieval period in the history of Christian spirituality, Finding the Monk Within shows what these figures can teach the contemporary reader about the relevance of monastic values for today: solitude and silence, faith and compassion, friendship and mentoring, contemplation and leadership.
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    A Franciscan Way of Life : Brother Ramon’s quest for holiness

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    Be inspired by one man's unflinching faith in God. This is the first biography of Brother Ramon. It tells of his life's pilgrimage, his quest for holiness as a Franciscan friar, his inner journey of discovery and transformation, his love of God and his influence on others. The selection from his writings which concludes the book illustrates his spiritual journey. It will be an inspiration to readers to live lives fully for Jesus Christ.
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  • Franciscan Spirituality
    Franciscan Spirituality
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    Franciscan Spirituality: Following St Francis Today

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    What is special about the spirituality of St Francis? Can it be possible for ordinary men and women today, with family, jobs, and other responsibilities, to follow in the way of a thirteenth-century friar? Brother Ramon, an Anglican Franciscan Friar, shows us that Franciscan spirituality is as compelling and relevant today as ever. It is marked by spontaneity and emotional freedom, by openness to every human being and love for the natural world. It treasures both the evangelical and the catholic nature of the gospel. It is rooted in a biblical faith and in reverence for the whole of creation. Franciscan Spirituality introduces us to the world of Francis and his first followers and shows how their excitement and wonder at Jesus alive in their midst can still be recaptured. The book is illustrated throughout by Molly Dowell  
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  • Living on the Border
    Living on the Border
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    Living on the Border: Reflections on the Experience of Threshold

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    There is a traditional saying of ancient wisdom: 'A threshold is a sacred thing. In some places of the world, in some traditional cultures and in monastic life, this is still remembered. It is something, however, that we often forget today. To take time to pause at a threshold - be it a place, or a moment between one action and the next - is to show reverence for the handling of space and time, and respect for those who we meet. Pausing allows us to let go of all the demands and expectations of the previous activity, and to prepare for the encounter with another. Esther de Waal explores what this ancient wisdom has to teach us about our public lives in the world today.
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    The Artist’s Rule: nurturing your creative soul with monastic wisdom

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    , nature, solitude, artists, creativity The Artist's Rule: Nurturing Your Creative Soul with Monastic Wisdom by Christine Valters Paintner, author of Water, Wind, Earth, and Fire, invites readers to discover and develop their creative gifts in a spirit of prayer and reflection. This twelve-week course draws on the insights and practices of Benedictine spirituality to explore the interplay between contemplation and creativity. Sumarised in the phrase 'pray and work,' The Rule of St. Benedict provides the inspiration for Christine Valters Paintner's newest exploration of the mutually nourishing relationship between contemplative practices and creative expression. Artists of all stripes and stations in life - poets or painters, potters or photographers - will discover how traditions of Benedictine, Celtic, and desert spirituality can offer new sources of inspiration for their work. Themes like 'Sacred Tools and Sacred Space', 'Creative Solitude and Community,' and 'Nature as a Source of Revelation and Inspiration' are enriched by Paintner's perceptive discussion and enhanced by insightful quotations from well-known artists and writers. Ideally formatted for faith sharing groups and parish retreats, this guide offers suggestions for grounding both the creative and the spiritual life through three basic practices: walking, lectio divina, and journaling. The Artist's Rule is supplemented with online resources, including guided meditation podcasts, video lessons, and discussions.
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    Lectio Matters: before the burning bush

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    In Lectio Matters, respected spiritual guide Sr. Meg Funk  accompanies the reader in explorong different levels of lectio divina as taught by the ancient church writers and by sharing her long experience.  By means of this wisdom both old and new, lectio divina can become our burning bush, a real encounter with the living God, in which we take off our sandals and bow low to the ground.
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  • Thoughts Matter
    Thoughts Matter
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    Thoughts Matter: discovering the spiritual journey

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    Cassian taught that real intimacy with God in prayer must include renouncing the thoughts belonging to our former way of life. In Thoughts Matter, Sr. Meg Funk instructs readers on how effectively to overcome these thoughts and to focus instead on thoughts in harmony with God’s will. The result is an experience of joy, hope, and freedom from enslavement to our appetites. Readers will come away enlightened, strengthened, and inspired to delve more deeply into a life of intimacy with God.
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