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Overview The desert, with its great emptiness and silence, has long been a symbol of solitude. In our Spiritual lives, we sometines seek such isolation as a means of abandoning ourselves completely to God. At other times, solitude comes upon us uninvited and unwelcome, as we find ourselves totally alone and desolate. In facing the silence and the vast expanses of loneliness, we test our courage, deepen our faith, and hear the voice of God anew. This book explores the tradition and relevance of desert spirituality in the life and worship of the church today and offers a collection of pertinent writings in a daily format, by many acient and contemporary authors.
The desert, with its great emptiness and silence, has long been a symbol of solitude. In our spiritual lives, we sometimes seek such isolation as a means of abandoning ourselves completely to God. At other times, solitude comes upon us uninvited and unwelcome, as we find ourselves totally alone and desolate. In facing the silence and the vast expanses of loneliness, we test our courage, deepen our faith, and hear the voice of God anew.
This book explores the tradition and relevance of desert spirituality in the life and worship of the church today and offers a collection of pertinent writings by these and many other ancient and contemporary authors: Thomas a Kempis, Mother Mark Clare, Henri Nouwen, Rene Voillaume, Charles de Foucauld, Thomas Merton, R. S. Thomas.
The readings are ideal Lenten devotionals (but wonderful any other time of year as well) as you answer your own call of the desert. "
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Studio: Morehouse Publishing
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.4" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.6" Weight: 0.45 lbs.
Release Date Dec 1, 1997
Publisher Morehouse Publishing
ISBN 081921728X ISBN13 9780819217288
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More About John Moses
John Moses is Dean Emeritus of St. Paul's Cathedral, a member of the Advisory Board of the Centre for Religion and Public Life and a tutor for the Oxford Continuing Education Theology Summer School. His books include OneEquall Light on the life and writings of John Donne (Canterbury Press, 2003) and The Language of Love: Exploring Prayer (Canterbury Press 2007).
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A Map for the Journey Apr 5, 2006
John Moses' Anthology encourages the reader to sojourn on a wilderness journey for the time of Lent. By gathering writings from Christian authors throughout the rich tradition of the faith related to themes centered around the desert, Moses provides a framework for the traveler's time of preparation for Holy Week, Easter and beyond. Sayings are taken from the writings of the Desert Fathers, St. John of the Cross, Thomas Merton, Alessandro Pronzato, St. Teresa of Avila and many more.
Each day of the journey is given about a half a dozen sayings for the traveler to read and contemplate as a focus of their devotional time. Each week is given a theme beginning with The Call to the Desert and concluding with contemplation of the Divine Mystery.
As I have used this anthology of sayings for my Lenten journey Ihave been continually challenged and encouraged by the selections to seek God more deeply. I have been inspired by the words of those who have traveled these paths before me and have left their markers for me to follow.
I unreservedly recommend this book for anyone embarking on a journey of metanoia, whether that be during Lent or during any other time of the year.
Excellent Lenten preparation to use year after year Aug 26, 2000
The Desert is one of the best anthologies of mediations for Lent that I have seen. The book has three explanatory chapters on desert spirituality and it's literature. The core of the book is a group of readings for each day of lent, the group rarely filling two pages.
The breadth of material selected is impressive. The fourth Wednesday of Lent, to pick any example, has writings of Charles de Foucauld, the desert father Abbot Moses, Alessandro Pronzato, and Thomas Merton. Many of the readings are merely a sentence. From the same example, one quote from Charles de Foucauld: "Love consists not in feeling that you love, but in the will to love."
A quiet companion for a 40 day journey May 13, 2000
The Desert This anthology infused my Lenten season with holiness and a step towards a deeper contemplation in the Mystery. Short daily readings from Ash Wednesday to Easter Day are broken down into themes of The Call to the Desert, Solitude, Testing, Self-Emptying, Encounter, Transfiguration and the Divine Mystery.
The words accompanied me as I shared the forty day journey with Christ. I found some of the readings especially helpful in preparing for reconciliation with God.
This is a book I plan to reread again next Lent. The readings have eternal significance and infinite insights.