A Passion for Life: Fragments of the Face of God

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What makes a saint? Why do we need them? For Joan Chittister, saints are "people like ourselves, reachable figures, who have lived well through situations similar to our own as proof that we too, in all of our smallness, can stretch ourselves to the limits of the best in us."

In A Passion for Life the icons are male and female, Christian and non-Christian, married and single, religious and lay, from different times and diverse cultures. They are activists and mystics, their ...

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A Passion for Life: Fragments of the Face of God

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Overview

What makes a saint? Why do we need them? For Joan Chittister, saints are "people like ourselves, reachable figures, who have lived well through situations similar to our own as proof that we too, in all of our smallness, can stretch ourselves to the limits of the best in us."

In A Passion for Life the icons are male and female, Christian and non-Christian, married and single, religious and lay, from different times and diverse cultures. They are activists and mystics, their holiness recognized by due process, or acclaimed by those who lived in the shadow of their lives. Like us, they are not without flaws, but so luminous in their virtues as to be a light for the ages.

Joan Chittister presents some of these men and women to us, reveals their special gifts, encourages us to identify with them, and to follow their example. Robert Lentz's many stunning icons provide a third dimension for the reader, to feast the eye as well as the soul.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570753183
  • Publisher: Orbis Books
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Pages: 132
  • Sales rank: 1,445,220
  • Product dimensions: 6.78 (w) x 10.94 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Joan Chittister, O.S.B. is one of the most popular religious writers today. A regular columnist in NCR, she lectures throughout the world raising a prophetic voice. She is the award-winning author of The Way of the Cross, For Everything a Season, The Way We Were, and many other books. She is a member of the Benedictines in Erie, Pennsylvania. Artist Robert Lentz, a Franciscan friar, is one of the best-known contemporary icon painters in North America. His apprenticeship was with the Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Monastery in Boston. His icons also appear in Christ in the Margins (text by Edwina Gateley). He currently lives and works in Silver Spring, MD.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Introduction ix
Eve: The Image of God 1
Gandhi: The Force of Non-Force 5
Benedict and Scholastica: Images of Hope 9
Charles DE Foucauld: Icon of the Universal Brother 13
The University Martyrs: Icons of the Patience of God 18
Hagar: The Abandoned Woman 23
Rumi: Icon of Wisdom 25
John XXIII: A Glimpse of the Heart of God 30
Hildegard of Bingen: The Feminine Voice of God 34
Martin Luther King: The Icon of Light in Darkness 39
Mary Magdalene: Icon of Ministry 43
Bartolome DE Las Casas: Icon of Justice 47
Simone Well: Icon of the Face of Truth 52
Francis and Clare: Holy Madness 55
Dorothy Day: Icon of the Streets 59
Franz Jagerstatter: Icon of Conscience 64
Kateri Tekakwitha: Icon of Otherness 68
Teresa of Avila: Face of Fire 73
Amos: The Icon of Compassion 79
Mother Jones: God's Righteous Anger 83
Pedro Arrupe: The Face of Gentle Strength 86
Baal Shem TOV: Face of a Holy World 91
Julian of Norwich: Icon of the Motherhood of God 95
Oscar Romero: Icon of Ordinariness 100
Edith Stein: The Prescience of God 107
Martin of Tours: Holy Disobedience 111
Thomas Merton: Icon of the Voice of God 114
Catherine of Siena: Woman of Courage 120
Joan of Arc: A Voice of Conscience 125
Epilogue 129
Recommended Readings 131
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