The Monastery of the Heart An Invitation to a Meaningful Life

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2012-08-01
  • Publisher: Bluebridge

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In this original manifesto, bestselling author Joan Chittister delivers a roadmap based on the ancient Rule of Benedict that stands as a practical model upon which to build a satisfying life, despite the seemingly limitlessand at times meaninglesssupply of options in the modern world. By giving spiritual seekersindividuals, couples, families, and small groupsa new opportunity to live a better life from the very center of their world without ever having to withdraw from it, Chittister's new approach redefines Benedictine living for modern-day seekers while remaining firmly rooted in its values.

Author Biography

Joan Chittister is an internationally known author and lecturer, and the executive director of Benetvision, a resource and research center for contemporary spirituality. She is former president of the Conference of American Benedictine Prioresses and the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. Her books include The Friendship of Women, The Gift of Years, In the Heart of the Temple, and The Rule of Benedict. She lives in Erie, Pennsylvania.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. vii
Our Search
A Gentle Invitationp. 3
A Seeker's Pathp. 13
A Single Visionp. 23
Our Interior Life
Prayerp. 33
Silencep. 41
Prayerful Readingp. 49
Retreat and Reflectionp. 57
Our Community
Mutualityp. 67
Equalityp. 73
Direction and Counselp. 81
Sufficiency and Sharingp. 89
Nourishmentp. 95
Our Service
Good Workp. 105
Co-Creationp. 115
Loving Carep. 121
Responsibilityp. 127
Hospitalityp. 135
Our Promise
A Listening Heartp. 145
Conversion of Heartp. 151
Stability of Heartp. 159
Our Spiritual Growth
Humilityp. 169
Spiritual Toolsp. 187
Sacred Artp. 195
Good Zealp. 201
Peacep. 207
Epiloguep. 215
A Reader's Version of the Rule of Saint Benedict in Inclusive Language: The Chaptersp. 221
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