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Read & download ✓ The Cloister Walk 102 Kathleen Norris Á 2 Summary Characters The Cloister Walk Why would a married woman with a thoroughly Protestant background and often doubt than faith be drawn to the ancient practice of monasticism to a community of celibate men whose days are centered around a rigid schedule of prayer work and scripture This is the uestion that poet Kathleen Norris asks us as somewhat to her own surprise she. 45 Like Amazing Grace this is an impressively all encompassing and elouent set of essays on how faith intersects with everyday life In particular the book draws lessons from the time Norris spent as a Benedictine oblate From this experience she learned the benefits as well as the drawbacks of solitude and communal living She also considers the place that celibacy and monastic living might still have in modern life The fact that Christian monastics men and women both have been singing such gentle hymns at dusk for seventeen hundred years makes me realize that ceremony and tradition things I ve been raised to distrust as largely irrelevant can be food for the soul Sometimes her topics are drawn from the liturgical year feast days patron saints and martyrs chosen scriptures and wisdom from the Desert Fathers or other spiritual gurus Emily Dickinson is among her favorites Other times she simply reflects on her own life the blessings and challenges of being a freelance poet and lay theologian the daily discipline involved in marriage keeping a house and gardening and childhood memories from Virginia Illinois and HawaiiThese are disparate pieces rather than a straightforward narrative I read two or three at a time over a period of several weeks and found them to be a very peaceful way to start or break up the day My favorite individual essay is Dreaming of Trees contrasting the treelessness of her adopted Dakotas with the other landscapes she s known Norris wonders how to cultivate simplicity of spirit What would I find in my own heart if the noise of the world were silenced Who would I be Who will I be when loss or crisis or the depredations of time take away the trappings of success of self importance even personality itself There are profound lines on nearly every page but here are a few of my favorite passages The hard work of writing has taught me that in matters of the heart such as writing or faith there is no right or wrong way to do it but only the way of your life Just paying attention will teach you what bears fruit and what doesn t But it will be necessary to revise to doodle scratch out erase even make a mess of things in order to make it come out right if the scriptures don t sometimes pierce us like a sword we re not paying close enough attention if you re looking for a belief in the power of words to change things to come alive and make a path for you to walk on you re better off with poets these days than with Christians we exist for each other and when we re at a low ebb sometimes just to see the 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Read & download ✓ The Cloister Walk 102 Kathleen Norris Á 2 Summary Characters The Cloister Walk Found herself on two extended residencies at St John's Abbey in Minnesota Part record of her time among the Benedictines part meditation on various aspects of monastic life The Cloister Walk demonstrates from the rare perspective of someone who is both an insider and outsider how immersion in the cloistered world its liturgy its ritual i. This book changed my lifeIt s hard to explain You really have to read it Based on my experience it helps to be a Catholic who loves books Kathleen Norris is a poet and has a poet s perspective on Catholicism and the ways of Benedictine monks But she s also a Protestant with a refreshingly level headed outsider s perspective on the seemingly impenetrable world inside a monastery The monks and nuns she describes are real honest witty and faithful people with great stories and a passion for their religion that seems very accessible My favorite of the chapters in the book are her essays on Catholic women saints one on St Maria Goretti and 1950 s American Catholic misogyny and one on the virgin martyrs They re very frank about the problems in the way the church has treated women and how Catholic women of faith including nuns have struggled with that over the years Very fresh compelling stuff Soumission extended residencies at St John's Abbey in Minnesota Part record of her time among the Benedictines part meditation on various aspects of monastic life The Cloister Walk demonstrates from the rare perspective of someone who is both an insider and outsider how immersion in the cloistered world its liturgy its ritual i. This book changed my lifeIt s hard to The Isles A History experience it helps to be a Catholic who loves books Kathleen Norris is a poet and has a poet s perspective on Catholicism and the ways of Benedictine monks But she s also a Protestant with a refreshingly level headed outsider s perspective on the seemingly impenetrable world inside a monastery The monks and nuns she describes are real honest witty and faithful people with great stories and a passion for their religion that seems very accessible My favorite of the chapters in the book are her KING essays on Catholic women saints one on St Maria Goretti and 1950 s American Catholic misogyny and one on the virgin martyrs They re very frank about the problems in the way the church has treated women and how Catholic women of faith including nuns have struggled with that over the years Very fresh compelling stuff

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Read & download ✓ The Cloister Walk 102 Kathleen Norris Á 2 Summary Characters The Cloister Walk Ts sense of community can impart meaning to everyday events and deepen our secular lives In this stirring and lyrical work the monastery often considered archaic or otherworldly becomes immediate accessible and relevant to us no matter what our faith may be A New York Times bestseller for 23 weeks A New York Times Notable Book of the Yea. The Cloister Walk offers food for the soul at a time when many of us are hungry Norris s book chronicles her experiences as a lay oblate at St John s Abbey a Benedictine monastery in Collegeville Minnesota What makes this book fresh wonderful surprising and completely relevant to people of all faiths or non faith is that Norris is not as one would anticipate a Catholic but rather a Protestant filled with spiritual doubt When I first read The Cloister Walk and Dakota also by Kathleen Norris the evocative prose reminded me of writing by other women such as Annie Dillard Greta Ehrlich or Nancy Mairs that I ve also enjoyed A critic from Commonweal Lawrence S Cunningham makes the same observation It is one of the graces of our time that the best of our contemporary spiritual writers are women who are also poets We have thus been blessed by the writings of among others Nancy Mairs Patricia Hampl Annie Dillard and Denise Levertov Gifted with the power of language and disinclined to get mired down in petty ecclesiastical suabbles or sidetracked by the banality that often passes for spirituality they like the householder of the gospel bring forth old things and new Among that number one must include conspicuously Kathleen Norris who can bring alive the old desert fathers and mothers the saints of the calendar the idiosyncrasies of community life the travails of small town living the joys and pains of marriage and old age

  • Paperback
  • 385
  • The Cloister Walk
  • Kathleen Norris
  • English
  • 01 March 2019
  • 9781573225847