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A Monk's Alphabet: Moments of Stillness in a Turning World [NOOK Book]


the time of the desert fathers to our own "post-Christian" age, the
literature of monastic wisdom has provided inspiration for those of us who lead
ordinary lives in the world. Father Jeremy Driscoll, a poet and theologian who
is ...

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A Monk's Alphabet: Moments of Stillness in a Turning World

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the time of the desert fathers to our own "post-Christian" age, the
literature of monastic wisdom has provided inspiration for those of us who lead
ordinary lives in the world. Father Jeremy Driscoll, a poet and theologian who
is also a Benedictine monk, brings the genre into the twenty-first century with
this exquisitely written collection of reflections on life from a monastic
perspective. Whether reflecting on the details of the cloistered life, or
observing the weirdness of American culture, explaining a fine point of
Catholic theology to a child, or meditating on the flight of a seagull over the
glittering ocean at sunrise, Fr. Jeremy's voice both enchants and provokes us
to further contemplation. The 187 meditations are arranged by short titles in
alphabetical order to emphasize that the reader should approach them in random
fashion, without preconceived ideas, in order to be open to where they lead the
heart and mind.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Driscoll asks some thoughtful questions and A Monk’s Alphabet will appeal to readers who have always wanted an unedited peek inside a monk’s head.”—Publishers Weekly

“With 187 entries ranging from paragraphs to pages of reflections and meditations, Jeremy Driscoll elicits both smiles and tears in these gems from A Monk’s Alphabet.”—The Oregonian

A Monk’s Alphabet calls forth the reader’s ardor, breadth of spirit, curiosity, devotion, and envy of the life well lived, the thing well made.”—Paul Elie, author of The Life You Save May Be Your Own: An American Pilgrimage

 "A rare peek into the world of a committed monk who knows how to have fun with his ABC's. His alphabet will help you find the words of your own religious experience and search for God."—Edward L. Beck, author of God Underneath: Spiritual Memoirs of a Catholic Priest

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780834826427
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/15/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 228 KB

Meet the Author

Jeremy Driscoll, O.S.B., is a priest and monk of Mount Angel Abbey, St. Benedict, Oregon. He is a professor of theology at Mount Angel Seminary and at the Pontifical Athenaeum Sant' Anselmo in Rome. He is the author of several books of theology and poetry.

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We hardly think of it when we do it, but to do it without breaking it a knowledge is required that is acquired. I mean picking up an egg with the right force. Too much and it would break all gooey in my hand. Too little and I drop it. But surely many other things are like this, and the egg is its image. The egg as image of moderation! I need to learn this. Moderation is an acquired knowledge of not too much and not too little, and its application changes according to circumstances. Not to break the egg and not to let it drop—the goal of my life.

We moderns tend to scoff at the credulity of the ancients who so readily believed in the presence of throngs of demons and angels invisibly surrounding them, anxious to harm or help, very much involved in their world. But how is it we are so certain of the presence of incalculable numbers of dangerous invisible bacteria all around us and everywhere? Germs everywhere! Really? What faith!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2008

    Love at first read!

    Father Jeremy Driscoll's approachable, down to earth meditational entries give flight to inspiring a reader's gamut of emotions. His 'First Love' was a 'Love at first read!' for me. Plus, applause and ovations aren't enough for his witty entry titled, 'The Hand'. A Monk's Alphabet was the first 'new' book I bought for myself in years as an indulgence and there's still always some fresh insight gained every time I re-read it in whole/part. Recommend journaling with it following readings. Driscoll may even take you by surprise and bring out the Monastic in you!

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