A Monk in the Inner City: The ABCs of a Spiritual Journey [NOOK Book]

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Many centuries ago the ancient Desert Fathers and Mothers moved into the wilderness, leaving behind the compulsions of the world in order to draw near to God. For Mary Lou Kownacki, a Benedictine nun and long-time peacemaker, her wilderness is the inner city of Erie, Pennsylvania, surrounded by poor families trying to survive and keep hope alive amidst drugs, violence, and despair. From this outpost on the margins, she observes the world in poetic meditations, written with the passion of a prophet and the heart ...
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A Monk in the Inner City: The ABCs of a Spiritual Journey

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Overview

Many centuries ago the ancient Desert Fathers and Mothers moved into the wilderness, leaving behind the compulsions of the world in order to draw near to God. For Mary Lou Kownacki, a Benedictine nun and long-time peacemaker, her wilderness is the inner city of Erie, Pennsylvania, surrounded by poor families trying to survive and keep hope alive amidst drugs, violence, and despair. From this outpost on the margins, she observes the world in poetic meditations, written with the passion of a prophet and the heart of a mystic. "I write about days when spiritual security, not fear, was a neighborhood s gift to children. It is one way of trying to stretch my monk s robe until it embraces the suffering world.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781608330508
  • Publisher: Orbis
  • Publication date: 4/26/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,472,471
  • File size: 835 KB

Table of Contents

Abandoned places 3

Angels 8

Anniversaries 11

Bearing Witness 13

Beauty 14

A Beginner's Mind 15

Children 18

Christmas 20

Community 21

Contemplative Vision 23

Courage 24

Cry of the Poor 26

DC Jail 28

Death 35

Desert Mother 39

Dorothy Day 41

Easter 43

Elifet 44

Enemies No More 45

Flags 49

Food 50

Forgiveness 51

Gandhi 53

Gestures 56

Ghosananda 58

Good Friday 59

Gratitude 60

Guilty Bystander 62

Haiti 63

Health Board 64

Holy Fools 65

Hope 67

Important Things 70

Inner-city Neighborhood Art House 71

Iraq War 74

Joy 77

Jury Duty 79

Justice 81

Kindness 82

John Lennon 84

Logic 85

Meditation 86

Mentor 87

Merton 89

Mourning 92

Mystic Resister 93

Thich Nhat Hanh 97

Night 98

Numbness 100

Obscenity 102

One-pointed Attention 103

Passion 106

Pax Christi 108

Pentecost 109

Pigeons 111

Prayer 112

Quality 114

Questions 116

Random Acts 118

Relationships 119

Resilience 121

Saviors 122

Soup Kitchen 123

Surprise 125

Theology 127

Tithing 128

Tony 130

Treasure Box 131

Undeserving Poor 133

Voices of Haiti 135

Vow of Nonviolence 136

Vow of Nonviolence Continued 138

Waiting 141

Walking 1 142

Walking 2 144

Xerox Monks 146

Yuletide Carols 150

Zeal 152

Zen Wisdom 154

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  • Anonymous

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    This book is a great introduction to what social justice really

    This book is a great introduction to what social justice really means in the world today. It will challenge you in many ways. I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in issues around social justice. Very inspirational and a quick read!

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