Desert Fathers and Mothers: Early Christian Wisdom Sayings-Annotated & Explained

Desert Fathers and Mothers: Early Christian Wisdom Sayings-Annotated & Explained

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594733734
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 08/01/2012
Series: SkyLight Illuminations Series
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 493,420
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Christine Valters Paintner, PhD, author of Lectio Divina—The Sacred Art: Transforming Words and Images into Heart-Centered Prayer and The Artist's Rule: Nurturing Your Creative Soul with Monastic Wisdom among other books, frequently leads retreats and teaches on the wisdom of Benedictine, Celtic and desert ways of praying. A writer, artist, spiritual director, retreat facilitator and teacher, she is the online Abbess of www.AbbeyoftheArts.com, a virtual monastery dedicated to nurturing contemplative practice and creative expression.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Give Me a Word 3

Your Cell Will Teach You Everything 7

Heart-Centered Spirituality 27

Thoughts, Desires, and Passions 37

Humility, Simplicity, and the Beginner's Heart 57

Spiritual Elders and Soul Friends 85

Tears of Compunction 93

The Necessity of Practice 101

Virtues, Charity, and the Service of Love 111

Solitude, Silence, and Hesychia 119

Three Essential Things 125

Prayer and Differing Gifts 129

Conclusion: How to Become a Monk 137

Notes 144

Suggestions for Further Reading 146

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