At the age of 44, after a prominent career as a Catholic activist, Carlo Carretto was summoned by a voice that said: ‘Leave everything, come with me into the desert. I don’t want your action any longer, I want your prayer, your love.’ Carretto responded by leaving for North Africa, where he joined the Little Brothers of Jesus and embraced the example of Charles de Foucauld.
Among the fruits of Brother Carlo’s response was Letters from the Desert, the first and most popular of his many books. Its life affirming message has inspired countless readers in a dozen languages. Simply, it reminds us that in the evening of our lives we will be judged by love.
'Being a Christian means learning to love with God's love. But God's love is not a warm feeling in the pit of the stomach. It has definite characteristics we learn in the course of our life, in the behaviour and teaching of the early monastics, as we ponder over what we can say about how God deals with us, and finally, as we model our own lives on what we have learned.'
Discernment Matters is a resource for those who want to learn and practice discernment as taught by the early monastic tradition. it includes an accessible summary of teachings about discernment from monastic traditions of late antiquity, consideration of important tools for making decisions today and practical examples from the lives of St. Benedict and St. Patrick, as well as the experience of monastics today.
With this fifth volume of the Matters Series, Sr Meg Funk completes one of the most comprehensive presentations of the spiritual life available today, demonstrating why this inner work is both necessary and such a joy.
Silence and Honey Cakes – The Wisdom of the Desert by Rowan Williams
In Silence and Honey Cakes, Rowan Williams returns to the desert fathers and mothers of the fourth and fifth centuries, revealing a spirituality that resonates strongly with aspects of the modern spiritual search. Drawing on their stories and sayings, he reflects on questions such as:
How can we discover the truth about ourselves?
How do we live in relationship with others?
What does the desert say about our priorities?
How can we create a fearless community?
In the Bible the desert is a place of punishment and discipline, but also of blessing and love’s reawakening. Both Jesus and the people of Israel before him spent time in the desert, learning what it meant to be chosen and loved and holy. Yet while the people of the exodus frequently got it wrong, providing some cautionary tales for us to learn from, Jesus himself constantly got it right, offering a perfect model for us to follow.
In The Way of the Desert Andrew Watson takes us on a Lenten journey from Ash Wednesday to Easter Day, from the parting of the Red Sea to Israel’s entry into the promised land. Combining these Old Testament scriptures with insight from the Gospels, he reveals the continuing relevance of the exodus story to all who would seek to follow Christ.