Modern Spiritual Masters: Writings on Contemplation and Compassion

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Through biographical reflections and selected writings, this anthology highlights the essential teachings of a dozen modern spiritual masters, each of whom embodied a form of engaged spirituality - attuned both to God and the needs of a wounded world. Each opposed a style of spirituality focused entirely on the inner life, while at the same time stressing the importance of prayer and silence as the foundation for service and activism. Balancing contemplation and compassion, these figures - including some of the ...
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Overview

Through biographical reflections and selected writings, this anthology highlights the essential teachings of a dozen modern spiritual masters, each of whom embodied a form of engaged spirituality - attuned both to God and the needs of a wounded world. Each opposed a style of spirituality focused entirely on the inner life, while at the same time stressing the importance of prayer and silence as the foundation for service and activism. Balancing contemplation and compassion, these figures - including some of the world's best-known spiritual writers - represent a model of spirituality sensitive to tradition as well as the challenges of our time.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570757884
  • Publisher: Orbis Books
  • Publication date: 8/28/2008
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 704,617
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Thomas Merton: Contemplation and Compassion 5

Solitude 7

Contemplation 10

Things in Their Identity 10

The Plaster Saint 12

Christ and the World 13

Letter to a Peacemaker 14

Shining Like the Sun 16

A Letter on the Contemplative Life 19

Prayer 21

2 Mother Teresa of Calcutta: Serving Jesus in His Distressing Disguise 23

How to Pray 25

Contemplation 27

Vocation 29

God's Disguise 30

Love 31

Poverty 32

Joy 33

Holiness 33

3 Mohandas Gandhi: Great Soul of India 36

Religion 38

The Message of Jesus 42

Nonviolence 47

Prayer 48

4 Madeleine Delbrel: Missionary without a Boat 51

We, the Ordinary People of the Streets 53

Missionaries without a Boat 57

Solitude 60

Silence 61

Goodness 61

5 Oscar Romero: Voice of the Voiceless 64

Word and Witness 66

The Political Dimension of Faith 68

Prom His Final Sermon 73

Martyrdom 74

6 Catherine De Hueck Doherty: The Gospel without Compromise 76

Desert Silence 78

Prayer 83

Gospel without Compromise 84

Love 87

7 Howard Thurman: Good News for the Disinherited 90

Encountering God 92

Prayer 93

Being Human 95

Jesus and the Love-Ethic 97

Centered in God 100

8 Mother Maria Skobtsova: A Monk in the World 105

The Evangelical Type 107

9 Dom Helder Camara: Mystic and Prophet 119

Abrahamic Faith 121

Meeting Christ 125

Prophecy 127

Prayers 129

10 Thea Bowman: A Gift to the Church 131

Spirituality 133

Being a Black Catholic 134

Women in the Church 138

Let Me Live until I Die 139

11 Henri Nouwen: A Wounded Healer 143

Downward Mobility 145

The Eucharistic Life 148

Prayer and Peacemaking 152

TheStranger 157

12 Dorothy Day: A New Kind of Holiness 161

Glimpses of God 164

Aims and Purposes 169

Room for Christ 170

Here and Now 173

Inventory 175

On Pilgrimage 176

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