Walking Together: Discovering the Catholic Tradition of Spiritual Friendship

Walking Together: Discovering the Catholic Tradition of Spiritual Friendship

by Mary DeTurris Poust


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Author, journalist, and speaker Mary DeTurris Poust examines rich and nurturing examples of spiritual friendship from well-known saints, writers, and modern religious leaders who serve as exemplars for cultivating meaningful relationships in a world of Twitter and Facebook. Addressing a growing modern hunger for deep soul friendships, popular "New York Catholic" 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." Reflection and discussion questions at the end of each chapter make this a useful resource for small groups, moms groups, and for spiritual direction.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594712098
Publisher: Ave Maria Press
Publication date: 11/01/2010
Pages: 194
Sales rank: 705,156
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

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

What People are Saying About This

Lisa M. Hendey

In today's world, the word friend has taken on an entirely new context. With her marvelous book, Walking Together, talented author Mary DeTurris Poust reminds us of the joys and blessings of true spiritual friendship. By sharing faith-filled examples from scriptures, saintly role models and her own life, Mary paves the way for us to encounter and treasure true spiritual companions in our own lives. Thoughtful reflection questions and meditations at the end of each chapter make this the perfect resource for group study or personal spiritual development. (Lisa M. Hendey, Author of The Handbook for Catholic Moms)

Charles Murphy

In this age of technology, Mary DeTurris Poust helps us recognize the irreplaceable need for human friendship, not only as a life resource but as part of our path to holiness. (Msgr. Charles Murphy, Author of The Spirituality of Fasting)

James Martin

This enchanting new book is also an important new book, inviting readers to reflect on an often neglected part of the spiritual life: friendship. Using examples from the scriptures, from the lives of the saints, and from her own life, Mary DeTurris Poust shows us how love is connected to friendship, how charity is connected to companionship, and how loving relationships with one another lead to friendship with God. Helpful, wise, provocative, sensible and always inspirational, this is a book for all Christian disciples, whom Jesus called 'friends.' (James Martin, S.J., Author of The Jesuit Guide to Almost Everything)

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