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:
Humility Matters makes the claim that humility is for a disciple of Jesus Christ what enlightenment is for a Buddhist, realization for a Hindu, surrender for a Muslim and righteousness for a Jew. It is the unmistakeable character of one who has accepted the vocation to undertake the spiritual journey. it is at the core of our experience of life in Christ.
Sr. Meg Funk guides readers deeper into a life of humility by following the movement of what early Christians called the four renunciations; to renounce our former way of life, our thoughts of our former way of life, our self-made thoughts of God and our self-made thoughts of ourselves. With the help of the compelling examples of St. Benedict, St Teresa of Jesus, and St Therese of Liseux, Sr Meg shows the way to ongoing conversion of mind, heart and way of life.
By linking together a series of brilliantly-chosen texts from the early centuries of the Church, Olivier Clement lays bare the roots of the deeply mystical spirituality that has flourished among Christians through the ages. It demonstrates the constant thirst of the human being for the transcendent, and will appeal to anyone interested in the field of spirituality; it is a masterly contribution to Christian scholarship.
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.
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.