The Monastery of the Heart

An Invitation to a Meaningful Life
The Monastery of the Heart: An Invitation to a Meaningful Life. Bluebridge, dist. by IPG. 2011. c.224p. ISBN 9781933346342. $19.95. REL
Chittister (executive director, Benetvision; The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully), prioress of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie, PA, is one of the most cherished Catholic writers now living. Her latest work is an invitation to spiritual reflection drawn from her own long experience and emphasizes topics important to her—lectio divina, prayer, service, and sacred art, among others. Her ideas are arrayed in a kind of loose free verse, and while they are indifferent as poetry, the slightly unusual disposition of words on the page slows the reader down, prompting a deeper engagement with the material. This book also provides an introduction to a growing alliance of spiritual seekers ( united by an interest in Benedictine life and spirituality.
VERDICT Chittister's new work reflects the creation of a new kind of quasi-monastic spirituality suited for the age of liberalization
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