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Modern Spiritual Masters : Writings on Contemplation and Compassion



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"Through biographical reflections and selected writings, this anthology highlights the essential teachings of a dozen modern spiritual masters, each of whom embodied a form of engaged spirituality - attuned both to God and the needs of a wounded world. Each opposed a style of spirituality focused entirely on the inner life, while at the same lime stressing the importance of prayer and silence as the foundation for service and activism. Balancing contemplation and compassion, these figures - including some of the world's best-known spiritual writers - represent a model of spirituality sensitive to tradition as well as the challenges of our time."--BOOK JACKET.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Thomas Merton: Contemplation and Compassionp. 5
Solitudep. 7
Contemplationp. 10
Things in Their Identityp. 10
The Plaster Saintp. 12
Christ and the Worldp. 13
Letter to a Peacemakerp. 14
Shining Like the Sunp. 16
A Letter on the Contemplative Lifep. 19
Prayerp. 21
Mother Teresa of Calcutta: Serving Jesus in His Distressing Disguisep. 23
How to Prayp. 25
Contemplationp. 27
Vocationp. 29
God's Disguisep. 30
Lovep. 31
Povertyp. 32
Joyp. 33
Holinessp. 33
Mohandas Gandhi: Great Soul of Indiap. 36
Religionp. 38
The Message of Jesusp. 42
Nonviolencep. 47
Prayerp. 48
Madeleine Delbrel: Missionary without a Boatp. 51
We, the Ordinary People of the Streetsp. 53
Missionaries without a Boatp. 57
Solitudep. 60
Silencep. 61
Goodnessp. 61
Oscar Romero: Voice of the Voicelessp. 64
Word and Witnessp. 66
The Political Dimension of Faithp. 68
From His Final Sermonp. 73
Martyrdomp. 74
Catherine de Hueck Doherty: The Gospel without Compromisep. 76
Desert Silencep. 78
Prayerp. 83
Gospel without Compromisep. 84
Lovep. 87
Howard Thurman: Good News for the Disinheritedp. 90
Encountering Godp. 92
Prayerp. 93
Being Humanp. 95
Jesus and the Love-Ethicp. 97
Centered in Godp. 100
Mother Maria Skobtsova: A Monk in the Worldp. 105
The Evangelical Typep. 107
Dom Helder Camara: Mystic and Prophetp. 119
Abrahamic Faithp. 121
Meeting Christp. 125
Prophecyp. 127
Prayersp. 129
Thea Bowman: A Gift to the Churchp. 131
Spiritualityp. 133
Being a Black Catholicp. 134
Women in the Churchp. 138
Let Me Live until I Diep. 139
Henri Nouwen: A Wounded Healerp. 143
Downward Mobilityp. 145
The Eucharistic Lifep. 148
Prayer and Peacemakingp. 152
The Strangerp. 157
Dorothy Day: A New Kind of Holinessp. 161
Glimpses of Godp. 164
Aims and Purposesp. 169
Room for Christp. 170
Here and Nowp. 173
Inventoryp. 175
On Pilgrimagep. 176
Acknowledgmentsp. 181
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