Send My Roots Rain: A Spirituality of Justice and Mercy

Send My Roots Rain: A Spirituality of Justice and Mercy

by Megan McKenna
     
 
Megan McKenna has long been well known in the Catholic community as a writer, speaker, and teacher. In her lectures and writings, McKenna focuses on the central place of storytelling in the spiritual life and on the role of the storyteller as a teacher. She explores the illuminating power of stories, examining both traditional and contemporary tales that are integral

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Megan McKenna has long been well known in the Catholic community as a writer, speaker, and teacher. In her lectures and writings, McKenna focuses on the central place of storytelling in the spiritual life and on the role of the storyteller as a teacher. She explores the illuminating power of stories, examining both traditional and contemporary tales that are integral parts of Christian, Zen, Jewish, Sufi, Native American, and many other spiritual traditions.

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Publishers Weekly
McKenna studies the roots of justice and mercy in this pensive book of Christian reflections. She's onto compelling and important themes-especially since, as she says, justice and mercy are so easily misunderstood. "We tend to think of them as opposing forces and actions," she writes. "But the tradition of the Judeo-Christian world is that somehow mysteriously the Holy One holds them bound together, like intertwined roots of a great tree." Drawing upon scripture, Christian poetry and parables from Hindu, Zen, Native American, Jewish and other traditions, McKenna shows how justice and mercy need to be understood in spiritual terms before they can be effectively delivered. As a Catholic retreat leader and spiritual director, McKenna knows how to provoke readers into facing themselves. Which do we want-a merciful God or a just God? How can we really understand "justice" and "mercy" without facing the basic hypocrisy that we want justice for others and mercy for ourselves? Christians who are seeking specific advice on how to live a more merciful and just life will be disappointed; McKenna's ambition is to ponder great poetry and spiritual stories and illuminate them through a Christian lens. This makes for a contemplative, wandering book that's perfect for individual reflection or study groups. The title was inspired from a poem by Gerard Manley Hopkins, who prayed, "Mine, O thou Lord of life, send my roots rain." This is not unlike McKenna's mission: to nourish and satiate the deeper teachings of Christianity. (Apr. 15) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307553034
Publisher:
The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/05/2010
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
1,025,031
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

MEGAN MCKENNA is an internationally known author, lecturer, retreat leader, and spiritual director. She received her doctorate from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkley, California, and has taught and worked in India, Singapore, Manila (East Asian Pastoral Institute), Maryknoll Mission Institutes in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Dublin, and Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she currently lives. In 2001, Megan McKenna was made an Ambassador of Peace by Pax Christi USA. She is the author of more than fifteen books, including The New Stations of the Cross, published by Doubleday.


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