In Illuminating the Way, Christine Valters Paintner takes you on a journey through your inner life accompanied by twelve great monks and mystics from the Christian tradition. Each figure invites you to discover the energy and potential of a particular archetype--the inner sage in Benedict; the inner visionary in Hildegard of Bingen; and the inner orphan in Dorothy Day. From the prophet Miriam of the Hebrew scriptures to twentieth century monk Thomas Merton, Paintner offers an array of challenging and enlivening models to explore.
Paintner is beloved by readers for her creative practices, guided meditations, and beautiful prayers and poems, and she has included all of these elements in her new book to further explore the image associated with each mystic. Her insightful reflections on key selections of each mystic's writings will help you gain greater self-knowledge and experience a deeper encounter with God.
Each chapter also includes a full-color painting of each monk or mystic by Marcy Hall with commentary by Paintner and scripture passages and mediations by Paintner's husband, John.
Supplemental materials, including a CD with music, a DVD with movement prayers, and a book that includes images, poems, and music notations are available on Paintner's website AbbeyoftheArts.com.
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About the Author
Paintner is the author of fifteen books on monasticism and creativity, including Earth, Our Original Monastery; The Soul’s Slow Ripening; Water, Wind, Earth, and Fire; The Artist’s Rule; The Soul of a Pilgrim; Illuminating the Way; The Wisdom of the Body; and two collections of poetry. She is a Benedictine oblate living in Galway, Ireland, with her husband, John. Together they lead writing retreats and pilgrimages in Ireland, Scotland, Austria, and Germany, as well as online retreats at their website AbbeyoftheArts.com.
Table of Contents
1 Francis of Assist: The Fool 1
2 King David: The Sovereign 17
3 Mary: The Mother 35
4 Dorothy Day: The Orphan 51
5 Amma Syncletica: The Warrior 67
6 Brigid of Kildare: The Healer 83
7 Brendan the Navigator: The Pilgrim 99
8 Benedict of Nursia: The Sage 113
9 Miriam: The Prophet 129
10 Rainer Maria Rilke: The Artist 145
11 Hildegard of Bingen: The Visionary 161
12 Thomas Merton: The Monk 177
Appendix: How to Practice Lectio Divina 193
Additional Resources 197