As modern Christians shift their focus back to orthodoxy, there has emerged a corresponding resurgence of openness to and interest in monastic life and thought. Hannah Ward and Jennifer Wild, longtime collaborators, agree that there is much wisdom to be found in the lives and thoughts of those who dedicate every day to God. Their Monastic Ways offers inspirational daily readings drawn from the writings of monastic lives following spiritual traditions of Eastern and Western churches, including Benedictine, Franciscan, Orthodox, Carmelite and others.
The Monastic Way links the qualities of a monastic life to the practical everyday of all human life. Far from being removed from the realities of life, the wise men and women whose words make up this book have much profound wisdom to enrich the lives of laypeople. Each month focuses on a specific theme - Living with Others, Balancing Life, Working for Justice, etc. - and each theme is introduced with quotations from one of the great monastic Rules. Excerpts from men and women across the centuries - from fifth-century Desert Mothers to Basil Hume, Joan Chittister, Thomas Merton and hundreds of others - provide guidance for each day of the year.
At once practical and sublime, this collection will prove valuable to students of ancient culture, those intrigued by monastic life and all who are looking for ancient wisdom on modern living.