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Spiritual Questions for the Twenty-First Century: Essays in Honor of Joan D. Chittister [Paperback]

By Mary Hembrow Snyder (Editor)
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Taking stock of the present moment and the challenges of the future, a host of leading spiritual writers reflect on the most pressing spiritual questions of our time. Whether the focus is on nurturing consciousness, building community, or transforming global structures, the answers provide a road map for personal, ecclesial, and social change.

Compiled in honor of Benedictine writer Joan Chittister, the volume concludes with a moving autobiographical reflection by Chittister herself, "The Power of Questions to Propel".

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Studio: Orbis Books
Pages   192
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.8" Width: 6" Height: 0.4"
Weight:   0.1 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 1, 2001
Publisher   Orbis Books
ISBN  1570753695  
ISBN13  9781570753695  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Snyder is Professor and Director of the Religious Studies and Philosophy Department at Mercyhurst College in Erie, PA.

Mary Hembrow Snyder currently resides in Erie, in the state of Pennsylvania.

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This collection of essays edited by Professor Mary Hembrow Snyder of Mercyhurst College, author of Christology of Rosemary Radford Ruether: A Critical Introduction, as the title indicates dedicates itself to Benedictine Sister Joan Chittister, longtime leader of American Benedictines, foundress of Benetvision and prolific writer of such works of Catholic theology and spirituality as Wisdom Distilled from the Daily: Living the Rule of St. Benedict Today and The Ten Commandments: Laws of the Heart.

Here we find gathered in chorus such powerful and well known CAtholic voices as the now elderly and ever Reverend Father Tissa Balasuriya, OMI, author of such important works as Mary and Human Liberation: The Story and the Text and The Eucharist and Human Liberation, here discussing the great structural evil of world apartheid. Remember this collection was first published in 2001, before our great President Jimmy Carter prophetically wrote Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid, and long before His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI indicated our Eucharistic compulsion to alter the structures of evil in his Apostolic Exhortation Sacramentum Caritatis: el Sacramento de la Caridad: una Exhortacion Apostolica Postsinodal.

We read here the Reverend Father Daniel Berrigan SJ's prophetic call in a powerful poem for Equilibrium "in all save love." Father Berrigan, first noted some forty years ago as one in The Trial of the Catonsville Nine and remembered as the contemplative activist author of such works of biblical commentary as Job: And Death No Dominion and Uncommon Prayer: A Book of Psalms, remains here a strong and clear and Catholic voice for active peace in our new millenium.

Father Matthew Fox OP is another noted Catholic author, including of the commentary regarding the monumental work of his fellow Dominican theologian Saint Thomas Aquinas in Sheer Joy. Here Father Fox calls the most important spiritual question of our time the choice between Biophilia or necrophilia: Do we truly love life? Are we truly pro-life enough to defend all life, even our enemies? Do we love life, or death?

Detriot's Bishop Gumbleton her quotes His Holiness Pope Paul VI's address of October 4, 1965 (Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi) calling for "a solemn pledge which must change the future history of the world: No more war; war never again." The good Bishop here asks us: "Do you wonder why there is so much violence in the United States? Why there are so many abortions? Why so many executions? So many people incarcerated in a brutal prison system? Why grade school and high school youngsters plot to kill and actually do kill their classmates? Why we have such a negligence toward the poor, the mentally ill, the homeless? Why we can haertlessly bring about the killing of thousands of poor people i nan attack on Panama, ironically named Operation Just Cause? Why we could wage 'low-intensity warfare' in Nicaragua, Guatemala, El Salvador, Haiti and other places, bringing about the disappearance, the torture, and the killing of hundreds of thousands of innocent people? Why we have a poicy resulting in the killing of one half to three quarters of a million children in Iraq through weapons of mass destruction and have our secretary of state declare, 'It is worth it.'? (p. 164)"

His Eminence provides an answer to this and other urgent questions for our new millenium, here in this book of essays from our greatest and most Catholic voices. He asks further with Jesus: "What does it profit anyone if you gain the whole world but suffer the loss of your own soul?"

I feel I here reach the limits of words for an this site review, yet I must mention in passing the excellent essay by our great and eloquent American Catholic theologian the Reverend Father Richard P. McBrien on moving towards a Spirituality of Communion which so prophetically prescribes what Our Holy Father wrote in his recent Apostolic Exhortation cited above. The famous and equally prolific theologian the Reverend Father Richard Rohr writes of TS Eliot's "Hint half-guessed, the gift half-understood" which is the Incarnational mystery. And the great Benedictine Archabbot Archbishop Rembert Weakland OSB defines spirituality for a global age.

This is only a small part of this large book, essential reading for every Roman Catholic who lives in America today. Although first published in 2001, it remains more urgent today, and lights a lamp for our present rugged path to the ultimate kingdom of God's Peace. "Thy Kingdom come; thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven."
Grey spirituality for diehard liberals stuck in the 60s  Apr 7, 2002
What does reading these essays do for me and for other readers in their twenties? Like Sr. Joan, these writers point the way to the past, not the future. All right, the 60's happened. Get over it. Puh-leaze. Meanwhile, the rest of us have to figure out how to live the faith here and now, stuck in the middle of this scandal-ridden Weak-Land called "american cathoicism" They may aspire to be a Catholic mod-squad, but they come off more like the Flintstones. Perhaps they should have all gotten themselves ordained by the Peace Corps.
Spiritual Questions Nurture Consciousness and Wisdom  Sep 11, 2001
Spiritual Questions for the 21st Century - edited by Mary Hembrow Snyder - is a collection of fascinating essays by contemporaries of Joan Chittister OSB. The book is not a gushy tribute to Joan but an incredible, thought provoking, and nourishing tribute to the questions that each essayist believes is the defining spiritual question for her/him for this new century. Joan herself, a purveyor extrordinaire of spiritual questions throughout her own life, offers a timely and eloquent 'Afterword' entitled: The Power of Questions to Propel.

Twenty-five contemporaries of Joan's including Diana Hayes, Dan Berrigan, Richard Rohr, Edwina Gately, Rembert Weakland, Sandra Schneiders, and Thomas Gumbleton were asked to address this: "What do you think is the most important spiritual question of our time?" The diversity and richness of the responses illuminate the darkness that has become so representative of the times in which we are living.

I highly recommend the use of this book for peace and justice study groups as well as for all people of good will who are beginning to see the connection of the 'consciousness of the sacred' and 'action on behalf of justice' for the least among us, including our endangered earth.


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