The Strangest Way: Walking the Christian Path [NOOK Book]

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Is Christianity a bland, domesticated religion, unthreatening and easy to grasp? Or is it the most exotic, unexpected, and uncanny of religious paths? For the mystics and saints -- and for Robert Barron who discovered Christianity through them -- it is surely the strangest way. "At its very center, " writes Barron, "is a God who comes after us with a reckless abandon, breaking open his own heart in love in order to include us in the rhythm of his own life." What could be more ...
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The Strangest Way: Walking the Christian Path

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Overview

Is Christianity a bland, domesticated religion, unthreatening and easy to grasp? Or is it the most exotic, unexpected, and uncanny of religious paths? For the mystics and saints -- and for Robert Barron who discovered Christianity through them -- it is surely the strangest way. "At its very center, " writes Barron, "is a God who comes after us with a reckless abandon, breaking open his own heart in love in order to include us in the rhythm of his own life." What could be more compelling?
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781608332625
  • Publisher: Orbis
  • Publication date: 3/22/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 308,719
  • File size: 799 KB

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 7
Preface: Strange Christianity 9
Introduction: Paths and Practices 13
Prelude: Apprenticeship 13
The Problem with Modernity 18
Back to Practices 24
Being a Saint 29
Chapter 1 Walking the First Path: Finding the Center 31
Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited 35
The Place of Safety and Power 45
The Place of Detachment 49
Practices for Path One 53
Practices of Prayer 53
Pilgrimages and Processions 57
Medals, Crosses, and Garb 59
Fasting 63
Chapter 2 Walking the Second Path: Knowing You're a Sinner 67
The Nature of Sin 72
Dante's Purgatorio 76
Jesus as Judge and Savior 93
Practices for Path Two 99
The Confession of Sin 99
Truth-Telling 103
Forgiveness 109
Chapter 3 Walking the Third Path: Realizing Your Life Is Not about You 113
Mission 118
A Flannery O'Connor Interlude 123
The Cosmos 136
Practices for Path Three 145
Discerning the Will of God 145
The Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy 151
Nonviolence 153
The Liturgy 158
Concluding Meditation: The Strangest Way 163
Notes 169
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