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Words for Silence: A Year of Contemplative Meditations [Hardcover]

By Gregory Fruehwirth (Author) & Desmond Tutu (Preface by)
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Meditations organized by the Christian liturgical year offer spiritual guidance for creating stillness in one's life to increase awareness of the presence of God.

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Before author Fruehwirth became Guardian (head) of the Order of Julian of Norwich, an order of Anglican contemplatives, he was the groundskeeper. Rather like Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh, whom he cites approvingly, Fruehwirth brings a humble sense of the ordinariness of life to this series of "chapter talks"addresses to his community providing spiritual formation. Organized around the liturgical year, these short reflections examine and promote contemplation. Fruehwirth is thoughtful, practical and poetic. Living in intimacy with God, the goal of the contemplative, requires building good inner habits of awareness and surrender to God's service. Small things can help: "no leaning, no slouching" is a posture of awareness, like the erect posture of one seated in meditation. Fruehwirth is also insightful: Lenten reflections on the deadly sins unite psychology and theology in thought-provoking ways. His work also calls attention to the relatively underappreciated legacy of his order's founder, the 14th-century English mystic Julian. This little, lovely book should be read slowly and savored as a guide to the inner landscape of contemplation. (Nov.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

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Studio: Paraclete Press (MA)
Pages   206
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.26" Width: 5.66" Height: 0.77"
Weight:   0.7 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Dec 1, 2008
Publisher   Paraclete Press (MA)
ISBN  1557256012  
ISBN13  9781557256010  

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Simple Approach - Deeply Spiritual  Sep 4, 2009
What intrigued me to buy this book was the author's being a monk in the Order of Julian of Norwich. At first read, I appreciated the format of short reflexions for Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter and Ordinary Time. But, oh my. It's far more than that. Freuhwirth's deep spirituality draws one into the contemplative walk.

As an avid reader of Thomas Merton and Thomas Keating, I'm glad to find another author encouraging silent prayer. Freuhwirth seems to have a light hearted approach to this ministry. I love his explanation of "mindful breathing." He invites the reader to smile more, being present to each moment. The author writes "contemplative life is energized by the possibility of surrendering our ego-defined reality to be taken up into a participatory union with God."

Fruehwirth's thoughts on self-denial is healthy antidote to the harsh, pain-based concept of a more martyr-based spirituality. Instead, he suggests "that authentic self-denial is the entirely peaceful and liberating experience of letting go of our anxious self-concern and inviting God's life into us."

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