Hermitage: A Place of Prayer and Spiritual Renewal : Its Heritage and Challenge for the Future

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Sets forth a brief history of the hermitage, the foundation of Franciscan spirituality, for Christians interested in contemplative living.

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Written for "Christians seeking to build lives of action on a firm foundation of contemplative prayer," this work is a brisk, highly readable history of monastic, penitent, and mendicant orders. In the desert tradition and in Celtic monasteries that included families, Franciscan Talbot finds hope for a "universal monasticism" that is "more a matter of the heart than of canonical status." Desiring "maximum flexibility" in integrating solitude and community, contemplation and action, at times he risks an overly optimistic, superficial tone. Especially in calling for a radical obedience to church hierarchy, he glosses over serious issues. Still, the book will be useful to those seeking out communities of Gospel poverty and simplicity.
- Kathleen Norris, Lemmon P.L., S.D.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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