Befriending Silence: Discovering the Gifts of Cistercian Spirituality

Befriending Silence: Discovering the Gifts of Cistercian Spirituality

by Carl McColman

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594716157
Publisher: Ave Maria Press
Publication date: 11/06/2015
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 4.24(w) x 9.51(h) x 0.52(d)

About the Author

Carl McColman is the author of The Big Book of Christian Mysticism and Answering the Contemplative Call, as well as a popular website and blog devoted to Christian and world mysticism. A Catholic in full-time ministry as a speaker and retreat leader, McColman is a professed member of the Lay Cistercians of Our Lady of the Holy Spirit.

Table of Contents

A Note about Language ix

Introduction From Bernard's Valley to Merton's Mountain 1

Chapter 1 Charism: A Gift from God (with a Greek Accent) 13

Chapter 2 Sacred Stories: Remembering Who We Truly Are 25

Chapter 3 Formation: You Are the Potter, I Am the Clay 39

Chapter 4 Humility: Down-to-Earth Spirituality 53

Chapter 5 Hospitality: Welcoming Christ, Welcoming Others 65

Chapter 6 Compassion and Community: Where Two or Three Are Gathered 77

Chapter 7 Prayer and Liturgy: The Rhythm of the Day 89

Chapter 8 Contemplation: The Star of the Sea 101

Chapter 9 Conversion of Life: A Promise for All Time 115

Chapter 10 Stability: Blooming Where We're Planted 127

Chapter 11 Perseverance: Living a (Lay) Cistercian Life 141

A Final Word 155

Acknowledgments 157

Appendix 1 Vocations to Cistercian Monastic Life 159

Appendix 2 Vocations to the Lay Cistercian Family 163

Appendix 3 Cistercian Abbeys in North America 167

Notes 174

Selected Bibliography 178

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