Grace in the Desert: Awakening to the Gifts of Monastic Life

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A gentle and reflective introduction to the monastic life for anyone considering a spiritual retreat

"Dennis Patrick Slattery invites us to journey with him to experience the sacredness of everyday life at the monastic retreat centers he visits as well as on the paths and desert mountain ranges he walks. In this courageous journey of the heart, the author weaves his poetic reflections with the teachings of many writers. A stunning spiritual journey."
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A gentle and reflective introduction to the monastic life for anyone considering a spiritual retreat

"Dennis Patrick Slattery invites us to journey with him to experience the sacredness of everyday life at the monastic retreat centers he visits as well as on the paths and desert mountain ranges he walks. In this courageous journey of the heart, the author weaves his poetic reflections with the teachings of many writers. A stunning spiritual journey."
–maureen murdock, author, The Heroine’s Journey, Unreliable Truth, and Monday Morning Memoirs

"In his memoir, Dennis Patrick Slattery writes of a journey that is simultaneously inward and outward with an almost Augustinian appreciation of the ‘sweetness’ of things. With a writer’s relish and a mystic’s sensitivity, he describes . . . making his way from a stay at one monastic community after another."
–christine downing, author, The Goddess and The Long Journey Home

"Those who read Grace in the Desert have an opportunity to travel through the desert of the dark night of the soul to the mountain of the light of divine knowledge, to the cloud of unknowing which wraps us in the radiant darkness of divine love. It is one of the most reflective, richly poetic, and yes, spiritually uplifting ‘journals of the soul’ I have been privileged to read."
–peter c. phan, The Ignacio Ellacuria Professor of Catholic Thought, Georgetown University; author, Journeys at Margins

"This is a marvelous and inspiring book that serves not only as a practical and historical guide to contemporary monastic retreats in the American West but also as a reminder of how much we need to seek out periods of meditative solitude in our lives."
–evans lansing smith, author, The Modernist Nekyia and Sacred Mysteries

"Dennis reveals himself as a child of God at play in the fields of the Lord. His delight in the spiritual world is palpable, contagious. His decades-long habit of reflection has borne fruit in this compelling record of what continues to be a sacramental journey."
–allen tate wood, author, Moonstruck

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Editorial Reviews

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In 1998, Slattery, a faculty member of Pacifica Graduate Institute, turned a professional sabbatical into a personal pilgrimage, traveling to 11 monasteries and retreat houses throughout the western United States. He dedicates one chapter to each of his destinations, which are diverse in tradition and style and include a Russian Orthodox monastery, an urban prayer center run by Benedictine sisters and a Zen center. Slattery describes the flavor of each retreat center, but spends the bulk of each chapter recounting the spiritual musings prompted by each place he visited. At times, his account is pointed and compelling, as when he shares his unfolding comprehension that his own life is re-manifesting the patterns, if not the specifics, of his alcoholic father’s excessive behavior, or when he observes this personal transformation after weeks of pilgrimage: “I no longer believed in God.... Instead, I felt his presence in every corner of my life.” At other times, however, his ruminations tend toward the generalized and hypothetical. Moreover, Slattery’s style undermines his effectiveness: he has a fondness for stretching metaphors paper-thin, and his prose is frequently self-conscious, even affected, as when he describes monks arriving in chapel as “silent, sacred specters in white robes that whooshed.” Slattery’s sensitivity to spiritual matters is clear, but ultimately the book leaves the reader wanting a more satisfying, focused account of what was obviously a powerful pilgrimage journey. (Apr.) (Publishers Weekly, March 8, 2004)
Publishers Weekly
In 1998, Slattery, a faculty member of Pacifica Graduate Institute, turned a professional sabbatical into a personal pilgrimage, traveling to 11 monasteries and retreat houses throughout the western United States. He dedicates one chapter to each of his destinations, which are diverse in tradition and style and include a Russian Orthodox monastery, an urban prayer center run by Benedictine sisters and a Zen center. Slattery describes the flavor of each retreat center, but spends the bulk of each chapter recounting the spiritual musings prompted by each place he visited. At times, his account is pointed and compelling, as when he shares his unfolding comprehension that his own life is re-manifesting the patterns, if not the specifics, of his alcoholic father's excessive behavior, or when he observes this personal transformation after weeks of pilgrimage: "I no longer believed in God.... Instead, I felt his presence in every corner of my life." At other times, however, his ruminations tend toward the generalized and hypothetical. Moreover, Slattery's style undermines his effectiveness: he has a fondness for stretching metaphors paper-thin, and his prose is frequently self-conscious, even affected, as when he describes monks arriving in chapel as "silent, sacred specters in white robes that whooshed." Slattery's sensitivity to spiritual matters is clear, but ultimately the book leaves the reader wanting a more satisfying, focused account of what was obviously a powerful pilgrimage journey. (Apr.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Slattery (mythological studies, Pacifica Graduate Inst.) has written an account of a three-month, multistage sojourn he made at 12 different religious retreat centers or monasteries, most of them Catholic, across California, Oregon, and Arizona. Through these many brief stays, Slattery writes a number of poems and comes to terms with the death of his father. While the brevity of his exposure to each of these places prevents much depth of understanding of their distinctive qualities, many readers will be moved by Slattery's journey and its spiritual results. For most collections. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787971045
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/19/2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Dennis Patrick Slattery is a poet and professor in the Mythological Studies Program at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpinteria, California. He has written over 200 articles and reviews for books, journals, magazines, and newspapers as well as authored and edited several books. Contact him at Dennis@pacifica.edu.
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Table of Contents

Foreword (Thomas Moore).

Acknowledgments.

1. A Need to Reconnect: Preparing for the Pilgrimage.

2. The Road on No Map: New Camaldoli Hermitage, Big Sur, California.

3. An Isolato Dogged by Divinity: The Carmelite House of Prayer, Oakville, California.

4. Meditations out of Time: Sonoma Mountain Zen Center, Santa Rosa, California.

5. Loneliness Does Not Retreat: Monastery of Mount Tabor, Redwood Valley, California.

6. Nature’s Mystical Muse: Our Lady of Guadalupe Trappist Abbey, Lafayette, Oregon.

7. Sisters Who Make Much of Time: Shalom Prayer Center, Queen of Angels Monastery, Mount Angel, Oregon.

8. St. Francis and a Spider’s Web: Franciscan Renewal Center, Portland, Oregon.

9. Lowing Cows and Abandoned Heifers: Our Lady of Trinity Trappist Monastery, Huntsville, Utah.

10. Breathless in the Darkness of God: Nada Hermitage, Crestone, Colorado.

11. A Hermit in the Fridge: Dominican Retreat House, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

12. Christ and the Hohokam People: Picture Rocks Retrea t Center, Tucson, Arizona.

Other Monastic Stays.

St. Andrew’s Priory, Valyermo, California.

Serra Retreat Center, Malibu, California.

Mt. Calvary Monastery and Retreat Center, Santa Barbara, California.

La Casa de Maria, Santa Barbara, California.

Our Lady of Peace Retreat Center, Beaverton, Oregon.

Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu, New Mexico.

Holy Trinity Monastery, St. David, Arizona.

St. Anthony’s Greek Orthodox Monastery, Florence, Arizona.

Monastery of Christ in the Desert, Abiquiu, New Mexico.

Websites Offering Directories of Retreat Centers and Monasteries.

Notes.

Further Reading.

About the Author.

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