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Read online The Cloister Walk.pdf PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC The Cloister Walk Why would a married woman with a thoroughly Protestant background and often more doubt than faith be drawn to the ancient practice of monasticism to a community of celibate men whose days are centered around a rigid schedule of prayer work and scripture This is the question that poet Kathleen Norris asks us as somewhat to her own surprise she found herself on two extended residencies at St John s Abbey in Minnesota Part record of her time among the Benedictines part meditation on various aspects of monastic life i The Cloister Walk i demonstrates from the rare perspective of someone who is both an insider and outsider how immersion in the cloistered world its liturgy its ritual its sense of community can impart meaning to everyday events and deepen our secular lives In this stirring and lyrical work the monastery often considered archaic or otherworldly becomes immediate accessible and relevant to us no matter what our faith may be .

A New York Times bestseller for weeks A New York Times Notable Book of the Yea by Kathleen Norris

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The Quotidian Mysteries: Laundry, Liturgy and Women's Work, Acedia & Me: A Marriage, Monks, and a Writer's Life, Little Girls in Church, Amazing Grace: A Vocabulary of Faith, The Holy Twins: Benedict and Scholastica, The Best American Essays 2001, Dakota: A Spiritual Geography, The Psalms with Commentary, The Cloister Walk, The Virgin of Bennington
Shy and sheltered as a young woman Kathleen Norris wasn t prepared for the sex drugs and bohemianism of Bennington College in the late s b b and when she moved to New York City after graduation it was a case of out of the frying pan and into the fire In this chronicle Norris remembers the education she received both formal and fortuitous the influence of her mentor Betty Kray who shunned the spotlight while serving as a guiding force in the poetry world of the late th century her encounters with such figures as James Merrill Jim Carroll Denise Levertov Stanley Kunitz Patti Smith and Erica Jong and her eventual decision to leave Manhattan for the less crowded landscape she described so memorably in Dakota This account of the making of a young writer will resonate with anyone who has stumbled bravely into a bigger world and found the poetry that lurks on rooftops and in railroad apartments b b and with anyone who has enjoyed the blessings of inspiring teachers and great friends, Struggling with her return to the Christian church after many years away Kathleen Norris found it was the language of Christianity that most distanced her from faith Words like judgment faith dogma salvation sinner even Christ formed what she called her scary vocabulary words that had become so codified or abstract that their meanings were all but impenetrable She found she had to wrestle with them and make them her own before they could confer their blessings and their grace Blending history theology storytelling etymology and memoir Norris uses these words as a starting point for reflection and offers a moving account of her own gradual conversion She evokes a rich spirituality rooted firmly in the chaos of everyday life and offers believers and doubters alike an illuminating perspective on how we can embrace ancient traditions and find faith in the contemporary world, In this insightful and deeply personal work Kathleen Norris an award winning poet and author of both Dakota A Spiritual Geography and The Cloister Walk draws on her life experiences her poetry and her love of the Benedictine tradition to discuss the mysterious way that the daily or quotidian can open us to the transforming presence of God This volume is the text of the Madeleva Lecture in Spirituality sponsored by the Center for Spirituality at Saint Mary s College Notre Dame Indiana, b Kathleen Norris s masterpiece a personal and moving memoir that resurrects the ancient term i acedia i or soul weariness and brilliantly explores its relevancy to the modern individual and culture b br br Kathleen Norris had written several much loved books yet she couldn t drag herself out of bed in the morning couldn t summon the energy for daily tasks Even as she struggled Norris recognized her familiar battle with acedia She had discovered the word in an early Church text when she was in her thirties Having endured times of deep soul weariness since she was a teenager she immediately recognized that this passage described her affliction sinking into a state of being unable to care Fascinated by this noonday demon so familiar to those in the early and medieval Church Norris read intensively and knew she must restore this forgotten but utterly relevant and important concept to the modern world s vernacular br br Like Norris s bestselling i The Cloister Walk i i Acedia amp me i is part memoir and part meditation As in her bestselling i Amazing Grace i here Norris explicates and demystifies a spiritual concept exploring acedia through the geography of her life as a writer her marriage and the challenges of commitment in the midst of grave illness and her keen interest in the monastic tradition Unlike her earlier books this one features a poignant narrative throughout of Norris s and her husband s bouts with acedia and its clinical cousin depression Moreover her analysis of acedia reveals its burden not just on individuals but on whole societies and that the restless boredom frantic escapism commitment phobia and enervating despair that we struggle with today are the ancient demon of acedia in modern dress br br An examination of acedia in the light of theology psychology monastic spirituality the healing powers of religious practice and Norris s own experience i Acedia amp me i is both intimate and historically sweeping brimming with exasperation and reverence sometimes funny often provocative and always important