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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In Walking Together: Discovering the Catholic Tradition of Spiritual Friendship, author, journalist, and speaker Mary DeTurris Poust examines rich and nurturing examples of spiritual friendship from well-known saints, writers, and spiritual Catholic leaders who serve as exemplars for cultivating meaningful Catholic friendship in a world of Twitter and Facebook. Addressing a growing modern hunger for deep soul friendships, popular Catholic New York 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.” In ten practical chapters, Poust explores issues such as commitment and acceptance, the virtues that make for a lasting friendship, the importance of listening, open communication, and praying together. Readers will find here the guidance and encouragement to take the next step in developing spiritual friendships in their lives, one of the basic necessities of spiritual life. Poust profiles inspiring spiritual friendships from the past such as St. Francis of Assisi and St. Clare, and St. Francis de Sales and St. Jane de Chantal. She also examines famous contemporary friendships, like those between C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien or Thomas Merton and famous Zen master D. T. Suzuki. Each chapter concludes with “Food for Thought” reflection questions and a prayerful meditation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594713347
Publisher: Ave Maria Press
Publication date: 11/01/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 929,584
File size: 694 KB

About the Author

Mary DeTurris Poust is an author, columnist, journalist, speaker, and blogger who has written for dozens of Catholic and secular publications. She is the author of Walking Together, Everyday Divine, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Catholic Catechism, and Parenting a Grieving Child. Poust was a senior correspondent and contributing editor for Our Sunday Visitor newspaper for fourteen years and her award-winning monthly column “Life Lines” has been published in Catholic New York since 2001. Poust also writes about family, faith, and the spiritual journey at her own blog, Not Strictly Spiritual. She has worked for the dioceses of Metuchen, New Jersey, and Austin, Texas, as well as the Archdiocese of New York, where she served as managing editor of Catholic New York. She lives in upstate New York with her husband and three children.

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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