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The Cloister Walk

summary The Cloister Walk ↠ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF summary The Cloister Walk Why would a married woman with a thoroughly Protestant background and often doubt than faith be drawn to the ancient practice of monasticism to a community of celibate men whose days are centered around a rigid schedule of prayer work and scripture This is the uestion that poet Kathleen Norris asks us as somewhat to her own surprise she Read this book many years ago but I can t recall exactly how many I m 99% sure it was in the late 90 s In any event I was still so ignorant about my own Catholic heritage at that point I hadn t even heard of The Rule of St Benedict which I promptly went out bought and read from cover to cover Now I have three or four copies of it When I think of a good rule of life I think of St Benedict s Rule and I am grateful to this Protestant woman for teaching me about it The Cloister Walk as best as I can remember it is a collection of essays written by Kathleen Norris about her discovery of and journey with The Rule of St Benedict and the monks of a Benedictine Abbey in Minnesota It is a very uiet meditative book which touched me deeply when I read it much like Thomas Merton s Seven Storey Mountain I pray that it isn t just a desire for escapism but a

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summary The Cloister Walk ↠ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF summary The Cloister Walk Ts sense of community can impart meaning to everyday events and deepen our secular lives In this stirring and lyrical work the monastery often considered archaic or otherworldly becomes immediate accessible and relevant to us no matter what our faith may be A New York Times bestseller for 23 weeks A New York Times Notable Book of the Yea The Cloister Walk offers food for the soul at a time when many of us are hungry Norris s book chronicles her experiences as a lay oblate at St John s Abbey a Benedictine monastery in Collegeville Minnesota What makes this book fresh wonderful surprising and completely relevant to people of all faiths or non faith is that Norris is not as one would anticipate a Catholic but rather a Protestant filled with spiritual doubt When I first read The Cloister Walk and Dakota also by Kathleen Norris the evocative prose reminded me of writing by other women such as Annie Dillard Greta Ehrlich or Nancy Mairs that I ve also enjoyed A critic from Commonweal Lawrence S Cunningham makes the same observation It is one of the graces of our time that the best of our contemporary spiritual writers are women who are also poets We have thus been bless

download ´ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF À Kathleen Norris

summary The Cloister Walk ↠ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF summary The Cloister Walk Found herself on two extended residencies at St John's Abbey in Minnesota Part record of her time among the Benedictines part meditation on various aspects of monastic life The Cloister Walk demonstrates from the rare perspective of someone who is both an insider and outsider how immersion in the cloistered world its liturgy its ritual i This book changed my lifeIt s hard to explain You really have to read it Based on my experience it helps to be a Catholic who loves books Kathleen Norris is a poet and has a poet s perspective on Catholicism and the ways of Benedictine monks But she s also a Protestant with a refreshingly level headed outsider s perspective on the seemingly impenetrable world inside a monastery The monks and nuns she describes are real honest witty and faithful people with great stories and a passion for their religion that seems very accessible My favorite of the chapters in the book are her essays on Catholic women saints one on St Maria Goretti and 1950 s American Catholic misogyny and one on the virgin martyrs They re very frank about the problems in the way the church has treated women and how Catholic women of faith including nuns have struggled with that o

  • Paperback
  • 385
  • The Cloister Walk
  • Kathleen Norris
  • English
  • 10 February 2018
  • 9781573225847