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From The Recollected Heart:
If pressed, I might say that to discover the Benedictine world is to discover...just about everything. Read the Rule, and you will find the laws of a joyous, well-regulated, healthy, fulfilling life. Ponder the Benedictine vows, and you will learn the Christian meaning of stability, obedience, conversion, hospitality, and many another practice and virtue. Work like a Benedictine, and you will unearth the intimate relation between labor and faith. Pray like a Benedictine, and you may discover, with God's grace, the way to God.
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Reading Philip Zaleski's The Recollected Heart made me want to drop everything and head for the hills to recover my capacity to truly live. (Huston Smith Author of The World's Religions)
Philip Zaleski's pure-hearted and companionable book is a call to the best adventure of the soul that many of us have found. The more people who read it and respond to its summons, the saner and happier our world will be. (Pico Iyer Author of The Open Road)
The whole spectrum of what retreat meansits holy uses as well as its methods and articulationis more fully explored, and more completely conveyed, in this small book than in any other contemporary one I know of. (Phyllis Tickle Compiler of The Divine Hours)
This guide to slowing down for a little while was powerful when it first appeared in 1995. But that was before the Internet took hold, before the cellphone became ubiquitous, before we walked down city streets texting as we went. Now, in 2009, it's almost a mandatory read. (Bill McKibben Author of Deep Economy)