Walking Together: Discovering the Catholic Tradition of Spiritual Friendship [NOOK Book]

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In Walking Together: Discovering the Catholic Tradition of Spiritual Friendship, author, journalist, and speaker Mary DeTurris Poust examines rich and nurturing examples of spiritual friendship from well-known saints, writers, and spiritual Catholic leaders who serve as exemplars for cultivating meaningful Catholic friendship in a world of Twitter and Facebook.

Addressing a growing modern hunger for deep soul friendships, popular Catholic New ...
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Walking Together: Discovering the Catholic Tradition of Spiritual Friendship

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Overview

In Walking Together: Discovering the Catholic Tradition of Spiritual Friendship, author, journalist, and speaker Mary DeTurris Poust examines rich and nurturing examples of spiritual friendship from well-known saints, writers, and spiritual Catholic leaders who serve as exemplars for cultivating meaningful Catholic friendship in a world of Twitter and Facebook.

Addressing a growing modern hunger for deep soul friendships, popular Catholic New York columnist and Our Sunday Visitor blogger Mary DeTurris Poust looks honestly but hopefully at today's culture, where people feel increasingly isolated despite the advent of myriad gadgets designed to keep them "connected." In ten practical chapters, Poust explores issues such as commitment and acceptance, the virtues that make for a lasting friendship, the importance of listening, open communication, and praying together. Readers will find here the guidance and encouragement to take the next step in developing spiritual friendships in their lives, one of the basic necessities of spiritual life.

Poust profiles inspiring spiritual friendships from the past such as St. Francis of Assisi and St. Clare, and St. Francis de Sales and St. Jane de Chantal. She also examines famous contemporary friendships, like those between C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien or Thomas Merton and famous Zen master D. T. Suzuki. Each chapter concludes with “Food for Thought� reflection questions and a prayerful meditation.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Catholic journalist Poust writes with simplicity and directness about spiritual friendship--the connection people can make when they trust one another with matters of the soul. It's a lot different from Facebook friending; the author defines it as "two people bound together by a love of God." She draws on a variety of writings, from the biblical tale of Ruth and Naomi to the correspondence between such sainted pairs as Francis de Sales and Jane de Chantal, in illustrating the depth of such a connection. The book is well researched, though the writing is a bit prosaic. Each chapter includes questions for reflection intended to help readers explore and apply what the author presents, making it a natural for congregational groups. The material is best suited for people in liturgical traditions; the author refers to much within the Catholic tradition, including the pope, for examples. Poust's work can help readers deepen their lives. (Nov.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594713347
  • Publisher: Ave Maria Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,242,102
  • File size: 681 KB

Meet the Author

Mary DeTurris Poust is an author, columnist, journalist, and blogger who has written for dozens of Catholic and secular publications over the last twenty-five years. She is the author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Catholic Catechism and Parenting a Grieving Child. Poust was a senior correspondent and contributing editor for Our Sunday Visitor newspaper for fourteen years and is currently a daily contributor to Our Sunday Visitor's popular blog, "OSV Daily Take." Her award-winning monthly column "Life Lines" has been published in Catholic New York since 2001. She also writes about family, faith, and the spiritual journey at her own blog, "Not Strictly Spiritual." She has worked for the dioceses of Metuchen, New Jersey, and Austin, Texas, as well as the Archdiocese of New York, where she served as managing editor of Catholic New York. She lives in upstate New York with her husband and three children.
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Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction xv

1 Companionship: A Friend for the Journey 1

2 Acceptance: Unconditional Love in a Conditional World 17

3 Love of God: The Common Thread 34

4 Humility, Honesty, and Charity: A Perfect Storm of Virtues 48

5 Communication: Listening, Talking, and Praying Together 66

6 Kindred Spirits: Friendships Come in All Forms 86

7 Celibate Love: A Different Kind of Passion 108

8 Commitment: A Connection That Even Death Cannot Part 121

9 Community: Finding and Keeping Soul Friends 134

10 Pilgrimage: Walking Together in the World 151

Notes 168

Bibliography 171

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