In the Heart of the Temple

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Highly provocative and practical spiritual writing on today's most pressing issues The spiritual vision that emerges in this book is a spirituality of both action and contemplation. For to be at the heart of the temple without being in the heart of the world, the author believes, is at most only half a spiritual life. Rather we are required to see what is going on around us and to do everything we can to square it with the will of a loving God for the world God created. Both highly provocative and immensely practical, In the Heart of the Temple addresses today's most pressing questions, challenging readers of every religious and political persuasion to personal, spiritual, social and moral change.

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Joan D. Chittister is an American Benedictine sister and author of some twenty books. She is the Executive Director of Benetvision: A Resource and Research Center for Contemporary Spirituality, a regular columnist for the National Catholic Reporter and an active member of the International Peace Council. A theologian, social psychologist and communicator theorist, her Christianity is grounded in the spiritual practices of the Rule of Saint Benedict, such as listening, hospitality, humility and peace.

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Chittister, a Benedictine nun from the vanguard of the Catholic reform movement, imparts her hopes and dreams of a better life for all in this collection of previously presented and published lectures and essays. Holding forth under such headings as stewardship, prophecy, equality and discipleship, Chittister elucidates her worldview, quoting Jonathan Edwards, who said, "Saints do not see things others do not see. On the contrary. They see just what everyone else sees—but they see it differently." Chittister's ideas line up neatly with the progressive wing of her church and offer few surprises. A consistent theme is her lament of Catholicism's treatment of women, along with its perceived retrenchment in the years since the Second Vatican Council. Throughout, she worries about the impact of capitalism, the future of the environment, the plight of the poor and the dominance of men. Although she articulates her concerns beautifully and ethereally, Chittister often falls short when it comes to practical solutions. She provides more substantial answers when writing about contemplation, simplicity and Sabbath-keeping, offering her Benedictine religious community's way of life as an antidote to the frenetic pace of modern living. Readers who share her vision and seek to rekindle the spirit of the 1960s will be delighted to read what she has to say.
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