Silence, Solitude, Simplicity: A Hermit's Love Afair with a Noisy, Crowded, and Complicated World

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We al need God, Sister Jeremy says in her first sentence, and readers of al sorts will find here a warm and practical address to that need. The monastic way is not forsaking the world, but for the sake of the world, and Sister Jeremy's Benedictine wisdom is fundamental human wisdom. Her book is the fruit of decades of practice, and the spiritual journey she recounts is nobody's but hers 'which makes it, paradoxically, something from which everyone can learn. I did is much more ...

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Overview

We al need God, Sister Jeremy says in her first sentence, and readers of al sorts will find here a warm and practical address to that need. The monastic way is not forsaking the world, but for the sake of the world, and Sister Jeremy's Benedictine wisdom is fundamental human wisdom. Her book is the fruit of decades of practice, and the spiritual journey she recounts is nobody's but hers 'which makes it, paradoxically, something from which everyone can learn. I did is much more effective teaching than one might or you should.

There is nothing musty, cobwebbed, or nostalgic in these pages. Sister Jeremy, in her late 80s, is totally alert to the world around her and within us. She is allergic to sentimentality. Because she has spent so much time in silence 'she lived as a hermit for 20 years 'she is especially attentive to words and how like a chameleon they can be. Her antennae are sensitive to anything phony. Every sentence glows with her graceful and witty and hospitale spirit. She is an inspired teacher, a trustworthy guide, one of God's great ones. She shows how a monastic is not on a pedestal or behind a wall, but right in the thick of things with al of us.

Jeremy Hal, OSB, is a member of Saint Benedict's Monastery, St. Joseph, Minnesota. She holds a doctorate in theology from Marquette University. Currently retired, Sister Jeremy taught theology at the College of St. Benedict/St. John's University and School of Theology 'seminary, and at Creighton University. She is the author of numerous articles as well as The Full Stature of Christ (Liturgical Press). Sister Jeremy lived as a hermit for twenty years. During that time she gained renown as a wellspring of wisdom and gifted retreat leader.

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Editorial Reviews

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Though Sr. Jeremy has spent a lifetime immersing herself in both the Christian and monastic traditions, what the reader receives here is clearly filtered through a very particular person. Her honest particularity is refreshing.
American Benedictine Review

Readers seeking insight into this God of invitations will find this volume a treasure.
Catholic Library World

This is a beautiful book—and so beautifully written: simple and profound.
The Furrow

Embracing the desert experience of silence, solitude, and simplicity helps to open ourselves to God and others. Sister Jeremy helps readers appreciate the value of the journey.
Spiritual Woman

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814631850
  • Publisher: Liturgical Press, The
  • Publication date: 6/28/2007
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 876,253
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents


Editors' Preface     v
Foreword   Kathleen Norris     viii
A Benedictine Way to God
Desire: A Homesickness at Home     3
The Paschal Journey     11
Essentials for the Journey     18
Obedience     19
Silence     26
Humility     28
Prayer     32
Lectio     35
Fruits of Monastic Life     42
Service     43
Reconciliation and Healing     49
Peace     54
Desert Spirituality
The Desert: Place of Meeting     59
Silence and the Word     72
Solitude and Community     85
Simplicity and Inner Riches     98
Fruits of Desert Spirituality     109
God's Questions
Where Are You?     123
What Are You Looking For?     130
Who Do You Say That I Am?     138
Will You Turn Back and Live?     143
Where Is Your Faith?     151
Can You Drink This Cup?     157
Do You Love Me?     164
Acknowledgments     171
References     172
Glossary     180
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