Every age has answered the questions and challenges of spiritual living in its own particular ways through its languages, arts, and lifestyles, giving seekers various concepts for guidance. In this original manifesto, bestselling author Joan Chittister delivers a roadmap based on the ancient Rule of Benedict that stands as a practical model upon which to build a satisfying life, despite the seemingly limitless (and at times meaningless) supply of options in the modern world. By giving spiritual seekers - individuals, couples, families, and small groups - a new opportunity to live a better life from the very centre of their world without ever having to withdraw from it, Chittister's new approach redefines Benedictine living for modern day seekers while remaining firmly rooted in its monastic values.
Joan Chittister is an internationally known author and lecturer, and the executive director of Benetvision, a resource and research center for contemporary spirituality. She serves as cochair of the Global Peace Initiative of Women, a partner organization of the UN, facilitating a worldwide network of women peace builders. Her books include The Gift of Years, The Monastery of the Heart, and Uncommon Gratitude (with the Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams). She is past president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious and was prioress of her community, the Benedictine Sisters of Erie, Pennsylvania, for twelve years.
'Joan Chittister has emerged as a wisdom figure for our time. Here she takes her wise monastic tradition and takes it on the road for all to love and enjoy.'
- Richard Rohr, author of The Naked Now
The monastic archetype is embedded in every soul – because in our true centre we are all “truly seeking God”. Joan Chittister understands and communicates this to her contemporaries with rare insight and power.
- Laurence Freeman, author of The Selfless Self
. . . the allure of this book is its promise that “the monastery of the heart” is where we learn to live our lives “from the inside out” in a contemporary world that is spiritually bereft and bewildering.
- Ephrem Hollermann, author of The Reshaping of a Tradition
This marvel of a book sings in the heart and makes the mind quiet with reverence, even as it instructs both of them with a holy gladness.
- Phyllis Tickle, compiler of The Divine Hours