In God's Holy Light: Wisdom from the Desert Monastics

In God s Holy Light Wisdom from the Desert Monastics The Desert Monastics thousands of monks and nuns who lived in the Egyptian wastelands between the third and fifth centuries have come to be seen as the Olympians of the spiritual life Renowned spiri

  • Title: In God's Holy Light: Wisdom from the Desert Monastics
  • Author: Joan D. Chittister
  • ISBN: 9781616368319
  • Page: 397
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Desert Monastics, thousands of monks and nuns who lived in the Egyptian wastelands between the third and fifth centuries, have come to be seen as the Olympians of the spiritual life Renowned spiritual writer Joan Chittister explores the sayings of the Desert Mothers and Fathers, finding wisdom from that ancient tradition that speaks to your life today This popular inThe Desert Monastics, thousands of monks and nuns who lived in the Egyptian wastelands between the third and fifth centuries, have come to be seen as the Olympians of the spiritual life Renowned spiritual writer Joan Chittister explores the sayings of the Desert Mothers and Fathers, finding wisdom from that ancient tradition that speaks to your life today This popular introduction to a powerful source of Christian wisdom can be a companion to your own spiritual journey.

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    1. One of my favorite chapters is the one on Holy Generosity. “Abba Spiphanus said: ‘God sells righteousness very cheap to those who are eager to buy: namely for a little piece of bread, worthless clothes, a cup of cold water and one coin.'” Both the monks and the people they were giving to were very poor, Chittister says, in stark contrast to our society where we grasp as much as we can for ourselves and then humiliate others into becoming beggars or make them pass a means’ test to see if [...]

    2. Meet the Desert Monastics face to face or should I say heart to heart. I loved this book for the spiritual wisdom that it imparts. I learned so much about what is important in life. It's like having a spiritual director in your pocket. I realy liked the quotes from the desert fathers that were at the beginning of each chapter. Then the rest of the chapter unpacks the meaning of the quote and expands on the explanation of how this applies to each of us in modern times.There are 35 chapters that a [...]

    3. This is a beautiful book filled with wisom from the monks and nuns who lived in the Egyptian Desert between the third and fifth centuries. Each chapter begins with a quote from one of the desert monastics and then Chittister talks about that quote in depth and shows how its message is still relevant to us today. I was actually quite surprised by how the quotes from these men and women were still so important and in some cases even more so than they were all those centuries ago. The chapter on si [...]

    4. I've never read anything by Joan Chittister before, but her piercing words strike at the heart. The lines she chooses to illuminate from the desert monastics are simple but immensely practical. As she says, they don't use flowerly or academic language to get their message across. On almost every page, I found myself convicted, filled with peace, and fiercely motivated to search for justice. A beautiful, short, and powerful book.

    5. It was wonderful to hear Sister Joan reading her own book in this audio version of In God's Holy Light. She's my jam. I love the way she makes relevant now what desert monastics learned and shared centuries ago. Applying it to our world today resonates on multiple levels. Only problem with an audio version is my inability to highlight passages and dog ear pages that will merit rereading.

    6. The early church mothers and fathers had much wisdom about spirituality that still applies to today's modern world. This book makes me think!

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