The Modern Catholic Classic that Helps You See the Sacred in Everyday Life
I see the first rays of sunlight shimmering through a maple tree. And then in a twinkling I’m certain. I am standing before a tree full of angels dazzling me with their glorious presence. – From A Tree Full of Angels
“A personalized invitation to stop, look and listen for God in the here and now… (Wiederkehr) wants us to gather up the crumbs, the little things in our lives, and realise they have the makings of a banquet”. Abbot Jerome Kodell, OSB, Subiaco Abbey, Arkansas
“Challenges us to remember the people in our past with a love that knows we will meet again, and look forward to the future with hope that God who so feeds us today has sent us an even greater banquet”. Reverend Nicholas Ayo, University of Notre Dame
Macrina Wiederkehr, OSB, is a member of St. Scholastica Monastery in Fort Smith, Arkansas. She directs retreats and workshops throughout the United States and is the author of The Song of the Seed and Seasons of Your Heart.
Spiritual identity is the quest to know who we are, to find meaning in life and to overcome that sense of "is that all there is?"
At the heart of this quest are found Thomas Meron's illuminating insights leading from an awareness of the false and illusory self as the way to a realization of the true self.
For twenty-five years, Merton's Palace of Nowhere has been the standard for exploring, reflecting on, and understanding this rich vein of Merton's thought.
The celebrated spiritual writer Thomas Merton remains one of the most influential voices of our day. His many books have become modern spiritual classics and he opened up the riches of the monastic tradition for many. Here, Esther de Waal devises a seven day personal or group retreat programme using extracts from Thomas Merton's writings and a selection of the photography for which he was also renowned. She creates a retreat that can be made at home, at a centre or on holiday, over a week or a period of weeks. The focus of each of the seven days is: The Call; Response; The Solitary Within; Encounter With Christ; The Demands of Love; Common and Natural and Ordinary; Integration.
What does it mean to be made 'in the image and likeness of God'? This is the first and defining characteristic of our humanity celebrated in the opening pages of the Bible. Its subsequent record is of the struggle between good and evil in human life, a tension that we face daily within ourselves and in the relationships of our lives.
Western Christian tradition has often given the impression, and sometimes explicitly taught that this tension is primarily between the soul and the body. The result has been a denigration of the human body and distrust of our deepest physical desires. We no longer recognise within ourselves the characteristics of the divine image. Yet written into the vey fabric of our being in the mystery, wisdom, strength, beauty, creativity, eternity and presence of God.
This profound and challenging book clears away centuries of misunderstanding, confusion and shame that have damaged our self-perception. Drawing on both Jewish and Celtic Christian sources of spirituality, Philip Newell leads us to discover the sacredness of our souls and our bodies. Our present day assumptions about love, beauty, sexuality and worth are transformed by this truly ground-breaking book.
There is a spirituality in travel, especially when understood from the perspective of the Christian tradition of pilgrimage. Drawing from stories of both the Israelite people and the saintly tradition of pilgrimage, a broad and sustaining vision emerges.