The Holy Longing   -     By: Ronald Rolheiser
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Random House, Inc / 1999 / Hardcover

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Ronald Rolheiser makes sense of what is frequently a misunderstood word: spirituality. In posing the question "What is spirituality?" Father Rolheiser gets quickly to the heart of common difficulties with spirituality and shows through compelling anecdotes and personal example how to channel that restlessness, that deep desire, into a healthy spirituality. Rolheiser explains the nonnegotiables - the importance of community worship, the imperatives surrounding social action, the centrality of the Incarnation, the sustenance of spiritual life - and how spirituality necessarily impacts every aspect of human experience. At the core of this deeply readable, deeply revealing book is an explanation of God and the Church in a world that more often than not doubts the credibility of both.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Random House, Inc
Publication Date: 1999
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.25 (inches)
ISBN: 0385494181
ISBN-13: 9780385494182
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Publisher's Description

Ronald Rolheiser makes sense of what is frequently a misunderstood word: spirituality. In posing the question "What is spirituality?" Father Rolheiser gets quickly to the heart of common difficulties with the subject, and shows through compelling anecdotes and personal examples how to channel that restlessness, that deep desire, into a healthy spirituality.

This book is for those searching to understand what Christian spirituality means and how to apply it to their own lives.  Rolheiser explains the nonnegotiables--the importance of community worship, the imperatives surrounding social action, the centrality of the Incarnation, the sustenance of the spiritual life--and how spirituality necessarily impacts every aspect of human experience.  At the core of this readable, deeply revealing book is an explanation of God and the Church in a world that more often than not doubts the credibility of both.

Author Bio

Ronald Rolheiser, O.M.I., is a specialist in the fields of spirituality and systematic theology. His regular column in the Catholic Herald is featured in newspapers in five different countries. He is the author of the prizewinning The Restless Heart as well as Forgotten Amongst the Lilies, The Shattered Lantern, and An Infinite Horizon. He lives in Canada.

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"A master weaver is at work here--I found my soul on every page.  At last we have a guide who helps us know what to do with the fire of desire within us.  At last a comprehensive, life-giving approach to sexuality.  At last a dynamic understanding of how the paschal mystery plays in our own lives.  At last a way to weave love for the poor and struggling people with the highest mystical love of God...I love this book."
--Sister Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking

"Without doubt, Ronald Rolheiser's The Holy Longing is one of the best books about Christian spirituality that has been published in many a year. Its insights are just what all of us need at this moment of history.  It blends the old and the new in ways that few other authors can do."
--Most Reverend Rembert G. Weakland, O.S.B., Archbishop of Milwaukee

"Anyone searching for substance and balance in the Christian spiritual life will welcome the wisdom in Ronald Rolheiser's words.  His writing is at once learned and clear, not only warming the heart, but also giving light to the mind and guidance to feet stumbling amidst the complexities and ambiguities of our age.  He steers clear of the fluffiness and fuzziness clouding today's spirituality superhighway, homing in on the essential elements of a Christian spirituality both sober and sane."
--Michael Downey, Professor of Systematic Theology and Spirituality, St. John's Seminary/Archdiocese of Los Angeles

"Rolheiser dares to ask the hard questions but they are our questions--the deep ones we are slow to let surface.  Then he dares to answer them with clear answers delivered in simple, straightforward language.  But he doesn't corner us with his clarity.  He lets us look at different spiritualities, even a spirituality of sexuality.  This is a book that engenders hope because it shows there are paths for each one of us."
--Rev. Basil Pennington, O.C.S.O.

"Spiritual books abound but few hit the mark. Ronald Rolheiser's latest book is one of the few.  Sound good sense and insight are combined with genuine sympathy and understanding for the majority of us who struggle spiritually."
--Alban McCoy, The Tablet

"Spirituality is often given a bad name because it can mask a damaging sentimentality. The Holy Longing is a bracing alternative to religious posturing.  Truly incarnational, Ronald Rolheiser grounds his vision of the spiritual life in hard real-life experiences and tells tough truths.  In the end, it is the hard truths of compassion, forgiveness, and action in the world, that give us a true and lasting hope.  A much needed antidote to the consumerist view of religion, this book is both a delight and a challenge to read."
--Alan Jones, Dean of Grace Cathedral and author of The Soul's Journey: The Three Passages of the Spiritual Life with Dante as Guide

"He writes clearly and engagingly, his language can at times be lyrical.  He is never sentimental--and all the time he is absolutely grounded in reality."
--Herbert O'Driscoll, author of A Doorway in Time

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    notdenise
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    The Holy Longing: The Search for a Christian Spirituality is a book I have been wanting to read for a long time. It a deep book and there is a lot to take in and process as you are reading it. Reading the book can help you develop and discover your own Christian spirituality, and determine what you really believe. The Holy Longing that Rolheiser describes is really our longing for God and a relationship with God, and Rolheiser focuses on Christ's incarnation as the basic for spirituality, while also focusing on some key aspects of spirituality: justice and peacemaking, sexuality, ecclesiology, and the paschal mystery. If you are struggling with some of the hard questions of spirituality, this may be a book to explore.

    I received this book for free from Waterbrook in exchange for my honest opinion.
  2. Sufficient in Jesus
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    Searching and Longing...
    June 25, 2014
    Sufficient in Jesus
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    From the first paragraph of the preface to the final quote by Julian of Norwich, The Holy Longing was both tender hearted and intellectually stimulating. There was something to underline on 99% of it's 257 pages, and I crammed the margins with notes.

    (That great line from the preface was a quote from Tielhard de Chardin, who said that most sincere people who lack belief in God lack Him because they have never heard about Him in a correct way.)

    The Holy Longing compels engaged reading. This book contains the best annotation on The Lord's Prayer that I have ever read, and I love his chapter on participating in the Incarnation. As one person said, half in wonder, half in objection, "It can't be true because it is too good to be true!"

    As Ronald Rolheiser quotes from the Goethe poem in the first chapter, we are troubled guests on a dark earth. That is the state of everyone at one point or another, often over and over again. We are born with longings and desires, some that can be satisfied here and some which never seem to be. You can tell me that you don't have a spirituality, but as a human being you do have a spirit, with those desires and fears and hopes, and you are doing something about it. From Mother Theresa to Janis Joplin to Princess Diana, no human being- Religious or Irreligious- gets away from being spiritual.

    The question is, in those three women's lives, did their spirituality make them whole or did it help tear them apart?

    This fascinating first part would make great dialogue with any seeker, and once Mr. Rolheiser starts talking about specific Christian spirituality I don't think they would stop reading. He carries us from the general to the particular so gently that we can all make the journey.

    Once he has laid this framework he applies his winsome, conversational tone to the Church as a body of believers, the Paschal Mystery, and social justice and peace_. among other things.

    He writes real and he writes with reverence, just like he explains that the body of Christ contains the delightful and the unpalatable, and we are called to be in communion with both.

    And I'd recommend this book. Get ready to ask questions. Reading a good book is an experience, and not a passive one.

    (Just for example, these are some thoughts that this book inspired: "We live in a grand, detailed, singing world, and it begs us to respond to it. How can we not throw up our arms and embrace the pale blue sky?"

    "Like Ravi Zacharias asks, are we promised exactly what we want from the prayer vending machine, or are we promised the presence of Christ?"

    "If Christianity did not revolve around sacrifice, crucifixion, and stigmata all pointing to redemption, then all people in pain, depression, abandonment and illness, all those hospital bound and divorced and dying, they'd know we were lying about Divine and human nature." )
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