The Mystery of the Ordinary

The Mystery of the Ordinary from the cover The Mystery of the Ordinary invites each of us to discover how the simplest daily activities hearing seeing walking resting standing eating and hurting can become the key to a rev

  • Title: The Mystery of the Ordinary
  • Author: Charles Cummings
  • ISBN: 9780060616526
  • Page: 118
  • Format: Hardcover
  • from the cover The Mystery of the Ordinary invites each of us to discover how the simplest daily activities hearing, seeing, walking, resting, standing, eating, and hurting can become the key to a revitalized spiritual life Looking closely at these activities, so often taken for granted, Charles Cummings opens new avenues that lead us to a mysterious encounter with th from the cover The Mystery of the Ordinary invites each of us to discover how the simplest daily activities hearing, seeing, walking, resting, standing, eating, and hurting can become the key to a revitalized spiritual life Looking closely at these activities, so often taken for granted, Charles Cummings opens new avenues that lead us to a mysterious encounter with the transcendent, caring, liberating, loving God He compellingly demonstrates the unsuspected or unappreciated ways religious experience is interwoven with the texture of daily experience.The Mystery of the Ordinary shows us how to be attentively present to the full wonder of daily human experiences and the opportunities for growth they contain Cummings probes beyond the surface of the mundane to uncover fruitful insights into the rich spiritual dimension of basic human behavior These reflections are enriched with the author s deep personal experience, illuminating facts about human physiology, and generous biblical, literary and artistic references The deceptive simplicity and depth of observation echo Merton, Nouwen, even Thoreau, but the voice and the insights are Cummings s own.Fresh and eminently readable, The Mystery of the Ordinary offers encouragement and guidance to help us uncover the riches hidden in the simplest experiences Charles Cummings shares with the reader the attitude of gentle, appreciative reflections developed during his twenty years of contemplative monastic living By revealing the transforming potential waiting in the ordinary, this book brings within reach of all of us the possibility for growth in the spirit without the need to seek extraordinary experiences or techniques Charles Cummings is a Trappist monk who grew up in Northern Minnesota and in 1960 joined the Holy Trinity Abbey in Huntsville, Utah Having completed studies for the priesthood at his monastery, the author later received a graduate degree in formative spirituality from Duquesne University In the monastery he currently serves on the formation team that prepares new candidates for the contemplative live The Mystery of the Ordinary reflects his interest in exploring contemporary modes of spiritual deepening for the benefit of contemporary Christians.

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    1. Servant of the Lord or Prophet is a listener.Isaiah 50:4 "Morning after morning, He opens my ear that I may hear.""But if the only or predominant way I relate to reality is by attempting to manipulate & control, then I am neglecting a major sector of my humanness as revealed in the observer function of my most important sensory power, eyesight. The mode of functioning natural to my eyesight suggests that I not attempt to dominate everything & everyone I encounter, but should appreciate p [...]

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