A Maryknoll Book of Inspiration
A wonderful collection of inspired thoughts from great spiritual writers to enrich you every day of the year! Welcome into your daily meditations the company of Thomas Merton, Flannery O'Connor, Henri Nouwen, Joyce Rupp, Bede Griffith, Mother Teresa, Dorothy Day,...
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A wonderful collection of inspired thoughts from great spiritual writers to enrich you every day of the year!
Welcome into your daily meditations the company of Thomas Merton, Flannery O'Connor, Henri Nouwen, Joyce Rupp, Bede Griffith, Mother Teresa, Dorothy Day, Richard Rohr, Oscar Romero, Evelyn Underhill, Jim Forest, and many others whose spiritual writings have graced the pages of Orbis Books during the past 40 years.
Published to coincide with the 40th anniversary of Orbis and the 100th anniversary of its parent, the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, this treasure-trove of inspiration reflects the values of Maryknoll and will be greatly valued by all readers who cherish spirituality and literature.
Born in Skopje in 1910, MOTHER TERESA joined the Sisters of Loreto in Dublin in 1928 and was sent to India, where she began her novitiate. She taught at St. Mary's High School in Calcutta from 1931 to 1948, until leaving the Loreto order to begin the Missionaries of Charity. Through her sisters, brothers, and priests, her service of the poorest of the poor spread all around the world. She won many awards, including the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize. After her death in 1997, the process for her sainthood was quickly begun and she was beatified in 2003.ýFR. BRIAN KOLODIEJCHUK, M.C., Ph.D., was born i
Born in France, Thomas Merton was the son of an American artist and poet and her New Zealander husband, a painter. Merton lost both parents before he had finished high school, and his younger brother was killed in World War II. Something of the ephemeral character of human endeavor marked all his works, deepening the pathos of his writings and drawing him close to Eastern, especially Buddhist, forms of monasticism. After an initial education in the United States, France, and England, he entered Gethsemani Abbey in Kentucky, where he remained until a short time before his death.
His working life was spent as a Trappist monk. At Gethsemani, he wrote his famous autobiography, The Seven Storey Mountain (1948); there he labored and prayed through the days and years of a constant regimen that began with daily prayer at 2:00 a.m. As his contemplative life developed, he still maintained contact with the outside world, his many books and articles increasing steadily as the years went by. Reading them, it is hard to think of him as only a "guilty bystander," to use the title of one of his many collections of essays. He was vehement in his opposition to the Vietnam War, to the nuclear arms race, to racial oppression. Having received permission to leave his monastery, he went on a journey to confer with mystics of the Hindu and Buddhist traditions. He was accidentally electrocuted in a hotel in Bangkok, Thailand, on December 10, 1968.
Joyce Rupp is nationally known for her work as author, spiritual midwife, retreat and conference speaker. A member of the Servite community, she has led retreats throughout North America, as well as in Europe, Asia, and Africa. Joyce is the author of more than ten bestselling books. After Henri Nouwen, she is the best selling Catholic author in the United States. ý
The internationally renowned priest and author, respected professor and beloved pastor Henri Nouwen wrote over 40 books on the spiritual life. He corresponded regularly in English, Dutch, German, French and Spanish with hundreds of friends and reached out to thousands through his Eucharistic celebrations, lectures and retreats. Since his death in 1996, ever-increasing numbers of readers, writers, teachers and seekers have been guided by his literary legacy. Nouwen's books have sold over two million copies and been published in over 22 languages. His books include The Return Of The Prodigal Son, Here And Now: Living In The Spirit, In The Name Of Jesus: Reflections On Christian Leadership.- Publisher.