In God's Holy Light
, renowned spiritual writer Joan Chittister explores the sayings of the Desert Mothers and Fathers, finding wisdom from that ancient tradition that speaks to your life today. This popular introduction to a powerful source of Christian wisdom can be a companion to your own spiritual journey.
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The Desert Monastics, thousands of monks and nuns who lived in the Egyptian wastelands between the third and fifth centuries, have come to be seen as the Olympians of the spiritual life. Renowned spiritual writer Joan Chittister explores the sayings of the Desert Mothers and Fathers, finding wisdom from that ancient tradition that speaks to your life today. This popular introduction to a powerful source of Christian wisdom can be a companion to your own spiritual journey.
Joan Chittister, O.S.B., is an internationally known writer and lecturer and the executive director of Benetvision, a resource and research center for contemporary spirituality in Erie, Pennsylvania. A Benedictine Sister of Erie, Pennsylvania, she served as president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, president of the Conference of American Benedictine Prioresses, and was prioress of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie for twelve years. Sister Joan received her doctorate from Penn State University in speech communications theory. She has written more than forty books and received numerous awards for her work on behalf of peace and women in church and in society.
"One of the most well-known and trusted contemporary spiritual authors."
"Our Benedictine Sister Joan has gifted us with a taste of the Sayings of the Desert Fathers and Mothers. As an elder herself, she serves us with thirty-five of the more than two thousand sayings from this tradition. Her commentary provokes and evokes us to do the same: Meditate on these sayings, listen, then take action. Sister Meg Funk, O.S.B. Beech Grove Indiana
"This book raises a weighty question: whether spirituality really has anything to do with modern life in a pluralistic world. Joan Chittistereminently qualified to do soanswers with a resounding "Yes!" Well reasoned and powerfully convincing." Brother David Steindl-Rast
"Sister Joan embodies the best of the Benedictine way of life: Christ-centered, earthy, and unpretentious. She offers us the wisdom she has gleaned from her life so dedicated to Justice and Joy. Her grappling with these early Church desert dwellers are hope-filled and yet challenging. Sister Joan calls each of us to a spiritual maturity that will transform the world." Laura Swan, O.S.B., author, The Forgotten Desert Mothers and The Wisdom of the Beguines
"In this short and beautifully written book, Joan Chittister explains in clear, simple terms how lay Christians can apply the lessons taught by fourth-century desert monastics to their everyday lives. … The spirituality she teaches is balanced, practical, and realistic, and I warmly recommend this to anyone seeking to know and love God more deeply." Roland Clark, Catholic Library World