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Living in the Land of Desire
  • By Michael Downey
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Combining poetic prose and dozens of stunning photos in both color and black and white, this extraordinary book draws readers into the prayerful rhythms of monasticism. The text includes a brief outline of the development of the Trappist order; the history of Mepkin Abbey in South Carolina, the site of these beautiful and evocative photographs; and-the major part of the book-insightful reflections on key themes of Trappist life. These themes include such topics as solitude, anticipation, hospitality, hope, patience, commitment, the sanctity of work and the love of scripture. And at the heart of the monastic life is the idea of waiting-keeping constant vigil for the God who comes even now. Within this quiet life is the same struggle faced in the outside world, the same need for continual conversion. So while the monastery's values and virtues are unique, they also echo the universal call to holiness heard by every Christian.

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    Product Specs
    • SKU: 9780809104918
    • Manufacturer: Paulist Pr
    • Language of Text: English
    • ISBN 13: 9780809104918
    • UMPH: 859553
    • ISBN 10: 0809104911
    • Publication Date: 11/01/1997
    • Format: Hardcover
    • Author: Michael Downey
    • Page Count: 176
    • Width: 8.82 inches
    • Height: 0.73 inches
    • Length: 11.30 inches
    • Weight: 2.05 pounds
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