What does God want for your life?
Christine Valters Paintner, bestselling Catholic author and online abbess for Abbey of the Arts, uses reflections, stories, guided activities, prayer experiences, and a variety of creative arts to help you patiently and attentively listen to God’s invitation.
Everyone wants to understand God’s will for their lives. Christine Valters Paintner shares one of the most ancient paths to understanding from her study of monasticism and immersion into Celtic spirituality while living in Ireland. The Celtic way, which Paintner distills into twelve practices, offers discernment that focuses on the environment rather than the intellectual focus present in other forms of discernment. It allows for what Paintner calls the “soul’s slow ripening,” coming into the fullness of our own sweetness before we pluck the fruit.
Each chapter begins with a story of a particular Irish saint—some well-known like Patrick or Brigid, others less so, such as Ita and Ciaran—and then introduces a helpful practice for discernment that the saint’s life illustrates. Paintner explores the call of dreams, the importance of thresholds, the practice of peregrination (wandering for the love of God), walking the rounds, learning by heart, soul friends, blessing each moment, and the wisdom of the landscape and the seasons. Readers are invited to explore these concepts through photography and writing. She invites us to contemplative walks with specific themes along with poetic writing prompts for expression.
As you explore an alternate way of discerning a spiritual path—one which honors the moment-by-moment invitations and the soul’s seasonal rhythms—you will discover that this book will help you become more aligned with creativity and wholeness.
|Publisher:||Ave Maria Press|
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About the Author
Christine Valters Paintner is the online abbess for Abbey of the Arts, a virtual monastery offering classes and resources on contemplative practice and creative expression. She earned a doctorate in Christian spirituality from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, and achieved professional status as a registered expressive arts consultant and educator from the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association. Paintner is the author of eleven books on monasticism and creativity, including The Wisdom of the Body; The Eyes of the Heart; Water, Wind, Earth, and Fire; The Artist’s Rule; The Soul of a Pilgrim; and Illuminating the Way. She leads pilgrimages in Ireland, Austria, and Germany and online retreats at her website AbbeyoftheArts.com, living out her commitment as a Benedictine Oblate in Galway, Ireland, with her husband, John.
Table of Contents
1 The practice of Thresholds 1
2 The practice of Dreaming 13
3 The practice of peregrinatio and seeking Tour place of Resurrection 25
4 The practice of Blessing Each Moment 39
5 The practice of soul friendship 53
6 The practice of Encircling 69
7 The practice of walking the Rounds 81
8 The practice of Learning by Heart 93
9 The practice of solitude and silence 105
10 The practice of seasonal cycles 119
11 The practice of Landscape as Theophany 133
12 The practices of three Essential Things 143
Appendix 1 Contemplative photography and Lectio Divina 159
Appendix 2 Resources in Celtic Christian spirituality 163
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Unique and useful insights shared for our growth spiritually as we pursue our faith life and journey. Ms Paintner is adept at instructing new thought and practice, gently and creatively. Which is essential to our comprehension and willingness to interpret life changes. Moving in these new directions of discernment the creative responses inspired by our "soul's slow ripening" to sweetness is pure art.. The Celtic ways and practices presented resonate at deeper and creative levels than a sole focus of the intellectual discernment. I'm delighted to have these options and examples from early saints. As well as learning to hear and heed the seasonal calls and rhythms of God's Spirit. Invitations to themed contemplative walks, inspiring writing, art, poetry all influenced by God's creation in landscape and seasons, will undoubtedly influence a new way of seeing and being. I, for one, am grateful. And as a spiritual director, soul friend, this also is an exploration of benefit to the blessing of others. Recommended.