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The Wisdom of the Benedictine Elders: Thirty…

The Wisdom of the Benedictine Elders: Thirty of America's Oldest Monks and…

by Mark W. McGinnis

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Heart-warming enrichment ( )
  Harrod | Dec 5, 2008 |
Mark W. McGinnis is an artist who wanted to create a book of painted and written portraits.

I liked this book.

The wise words in this book are spoken by 30 elder Benedictines in the USA. They impart wisdom and what was most important to them in their long lives.

Each monk or nun is introduced in a black and white portrait painted by artist/author McGinnis and a page of background information written McGinnis. The accounts given by the monks and nuns are about five pages long.

I felt like I was listening to these elders talk casually in the monastery’s dining room after a meal when monks/nuns and guests are still sitting around the table.

Joan Chittister’s memorable forward helps us understand the importance of not losing this wisdom or the monastic communities from which it springs.

Mark W. McGinnis’ black and white paintings of the monks and nuns communicate as much of their character as do their printed words.

If you want to go inside a monastery and meet a real monk or nun and really get to know them, to have a conversation — this book and McGinnis’ paintings will take you there. ( )
  ViaCassian | Sep 28, 2008 |
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This intimate, vibrant, and deeply moving portrait of monastic life in America today examines the long-debated question of whether the spiritual life can be led in the everyday world or whether it must, in its highest and truest forms, involve an ascetic life of renunciation, stern discipline, and celibacy. Thirty elders of the Benedictine Order share their touching and thought-provoking life stories, from the everyday rhythm and ritual of prayer and work, solitude and community, sanctity and humor, to the most challenging moments of questioning, uncertainty, and tribulation, but also to moments of infinite inner peace and mystical joy. Part graceful memoir, part sacred legacy, this book offers an inspirational journey into the hearts, minds, and souls of 30 exceptional men and women.

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