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Sister Maria Boulding’s poignant reflections on loss and its meanings create a spiritual, contemplative framework against which readers can interpret their lives’ troubles and setbacks.
Number of Pages: 160
Publication Date: 2013
|Dimensions: 6.90 X 4.20 X 0.20 (inches)|
Poignant reflections on loss and its meanings are collected in this succinct volume aimed at a broad audience of seekers, parents, businesspeople, and the suffering alike. With each passage embracing human failure and loss, the elegant musings of Sister Maria Boulding speak gently and eloquently to those beyond the walls of convents—to those who set their goals high, yet struggle to grasp their own limitations and reconcile them with God, as well as to those who second guess their path in life, and to worshipers mourning the premature loss of friends and family. With each meditation on loss, Sister Boulding creates a spiritual, contemplative grid against which readers can interpret the setbacks of their life.
“Maria Boulding was one of the finest exemplars of the Benedictine monastic life, and a Christian spirit of quite rare depth and insight . . . Gateway to Hope is a book about failure which is pastorally sound, sympathetic, but never colludes with self-pity or the paralysis of mind and heart that failure can trigger. 'Failure or disappointment may be God's chance to open us more effectively than we can ever open ourselves, and to stretch us beyond our small hopes and expectations.' ” —James M. Gordon, author, Evangelical Spirituality
“Thoroughly biblical, theologically sound and informed by the liturgy and personal prayer, [her books'] appeal seems to lie in the way they combine depth and universality with a tone that is both personal and affective, recalling that of medieval Cistercian Fathers.” —Times