Becoming Fully Human: The Greatest Glory of God

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Drawing from the folklore and scripture of other cultures, as well as her own monastic tradition, Sister Joan Chittister develops a spirituality that understands what it means to be human and the importance of seeing others for what they truly are—sacred. Centered around twelve questions—from "What does it mean to be enlightened?" to "How is caring for the earth spiritual?"—Becoming Fully Human reveals that no matter our color, economic or social status, or religion, we are all dealing with the same human ...
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Overview

Drawing from the folklore and scripture of other cultures, as well as her own monastic tradition, Sister Joan Chittister develops a spirituality that understands what it means to be human and the importance of seeing others for what they truly are—sacred. Centered around twelve questions—from "What does it mean to be enlightened?" to "How is caring for the earth spiritual?"—Becoming Fully Human reveals that no matter our color, economic or social status, or religion, we are all dealing with the same human desires, fears, needs, feelings and hopes. Coming to see the heart of the other allows us to see our own, which in turn leads us to live lives dedicated to respect, holiness, balance, and peace.
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Editorial Reviews

Liguorian
Characteristically, Chittister challenges the reader to seek the underlying motivation behind each [human] activity. In her words, she hopes to 'heighten our sensitivities to the point that there is no such thing as a moment without meaning for us'...She presents simple explanations for what might otherwise seem too profound for ordinary life.
Spirituality & Health
Consider this work as an example of the growth and transformation that can come from reading and savoring the spiritual words of others. Chittister knows that light can come in from all directions... [Joan] recognizes that tough questions can propel us into a deeper appreciation for the meaning of life and the mystery of God.
Spirituality and Growth - Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
This paperback contains 12 soul-stretching meditations on issues that touch the central core of our lives in relationship to God, the world, and others.
Library Journal
Chittister, a nun and the author of more than 25 books (most recently Called to Question: A Spiritual Memoir), as well as a regular contributor to the National Catholic Reporter, has written a set of brief meditations on various topics important to the spiritual life: What is sanctity? When is care for the self or the other excessive? What does it mean to be faithful in the face of failure? As averse to easy answers as to easy questions, Chittister is both wise and persuasive in her own straightforward style: "Before we can expect God to solve our problems, we must commit ourselves with the kind of untiring fidelity it takes to resolve them ourselves." Chittister's small book is rich in its implications. Highly recommended. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580511469
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/28/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 331,567
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.24 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Meet the Author

Joan Chittister is a Benedictine sister, best-selling author, and a well-known national and international lecturer. She is the recent author of Called to Question: A Spiritual Memoir (Sheed & Ward 2004). In 2007 she was awarded the Outstanding Leadership Award from The Leadership Conference of Women Religious.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 What is a simple life? Matthew 6:30 Chapter 3 When is war unjust? Isaiah 2:4 Chapter 4 What are the blessings of diminishment? Psalm 23:6 Chapter 5 What is sanctity? Matthew 5:48 Chapter 6 How is caring for the earth spiritual? Revelations 7:3 Chapter 7 What can Christians learn from the Koran, Dhammapada, Bhagavad Gita, Lotus Sermons? John 17:21 Chapter 8 When is care for the self / care for the other excessive? Matthew 22:39 Chapter 9 How does one balance patient waiting and action on behalf of justice? Luke 18:11 Chapter 10 What does it mean to be faithful in the face of failure? Psalm 78:1 Chapter 11 What does it mean to be enlightened? Proverbs 1:20 Chapter 12 How can we be grateful in the midst of violence, suffering, and loss? Psalm 107: 1 Chapter 13 Do the little things matter? Ecclesiastes 1:2-3
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