La grâce de solitude
Author: Marie de Solemne, Christian Bobin
Des penseurs de notre temps s'interrogent sur les sources et les conséquences de l'état de solitude qui, avec l'état amoureux, est sans doute commun à tout être humain. [SDM].
In One Hundred Days of Solitude: Losing My Self and Finding Grace on a Zen Retreat, American teacher of Korean Zen Jane Dobisz (Zen Master Bon Yeon), recalls her first solitary meditation stint in the woods. Luckily, this is not just a recounting of a winter's worth of cabin fever. Instead, Dobisz takes us into her cabin, and into her mind, as she tries--at least temporarily--to live a Walden-like existence. All the bowing and meditating and wood-chopping that is part and parcel of her retreat is hardly first nature, but the good-humored and tenacious Dobisz is able to adapt, and to relate her hundred days with moving insight and humanity. Her Solitude in fact offers us all a chance to commune with her and to look inside and rediscover our own grace.
De la Solitude
Author: Jean HAMON (of Port-Royal.)
Desert of Solitude
Author: Lashawnda Jones
Publisher: Faith Journey
Death and Life in the Desert of Solitude From worn and torn¿We all want what we want, but what happens when we don't get what we've been hoping and praying for by a certain age? Desert of Solitude is for dreamers and strivers. The people who may have achieved nothing, something or a great deal but that ¿one thing¿ continues to elude them. What have you been screaming for Life to give you? What do you think you¿re missing? What do you believe will complete your existence? It doesn¿t matter. Whatever ¿it¿ is, you are enough for your life as you are now. To refreshed by grace.Desert of Solitude is a story of a forty-something woman shaking herself loose of all her youthful ideals and understandings, and releasing herself from expectations formed by family, culture and society. It¿s an exploration of her determination to view her life from a position of abundant grace rather than disappointed hopes. This is a story of evolution and transformation.
Souvenirs of Solitude
Author: Brennan Manning, Sue Garmon
Publisher: NavPress Publishing Group
Brennan Manning shows why and how to spend time with God. Includes an eight-day retreat guide.
Author: Bernadette Flanagan, Beverly Lanzetta
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Embracing Solitude focuses on the interior turn of monasticism and scans the Christian tradition for women who have made this turn in various epochs and circumstances. New Monasticism is a movement assuming diverse forms in response to the turn to classical spiritual sources for guidance about living spiritual commitment with integrity and authenticity today. Genuine spiritual seeking requires the cultivation of an inner disposition to return to the room of the heart. The lessons explored in this book from women spiritual entrepreneurs across the centuries will benefit contemporay New Monastics--both women and men. The accounts will inspire, challenge, and guide those who follow in the footsteps of the renowned spiritual innovators profiled here.
« On n'aborde pas la littérature monastique des premiers siècles sans une sorte de stupeur. [...] Comment [certains] êtres ont-ils été attirés par un mode de vie qui rebutait certainement leurs contemporains et qui, plus encore, est aux antipodes de ce qui attire les hommes d'aujourd'hui ? Extrême pauvreté, solitude affective, silence et obéissance sont en effet le contraire exact des valeurs en vogue dans la cité moderne. [...] Pourtant au sein même de son enfermement dans un tombeau, un habit, un lieu définitif, ou dans le non-lieu du désert ou de l'exil , le moine découvre aussi la possibilité d'une liberté intérieure, d'une plus grande simplicité, d'une communion universelle. Il n'a pas besoin de communiquer avec beaucoup de ses semblables pour les connaître en se reconnaissant en eux. Sa solitude est le lieu paradoxal où il rejoint chacun, visiblement ou invisiblement. Il ne fuit pas le drame de l'existence ordinaire : il y descend, suspendu au fil de la prière. S'il s'enfonce dans la solitude, ce n'est pas en se séparant radicalement des hommes, mais en les retrouvant par d'autres chemins. Creusant le puits de sa vocation propre, il atteint les eaux d'un lac souterrain, d'un amour sans frontières. » Daniel Vigne.
The Immeasurable World
Author: William Atkins
In the classic literary tradition of Bruce Chatwin and Geoff Dyer, a rich and exquisitely written account of travels in eight deserts on five continents that evokes the timeless allure of these remote and forbidding places. One-third of the earth's surface is classified as desert. Restless, unhappy in love, and intrigued by the Desert Fathers who forged Christian monasticism in the Egyptian desert, William Atkins decided to travel in eight of the world's driest, hottest places: the Empty Quarter of Oman, the Gobi Desert and Taklamakan deserts of northwest China, the Great Victoria Desert of Australia, the man-made desert of the Aral Sea in Kazkahstan, the Black Rock and Sonoran Deserts of the American Southwest, and Egypt's Eastern Desert. Each of his travel narratives effortlessly weaves aspects of natural history, historical background, and present-day reportage into a compelling tapestry that reveals the human appeal of these often inhuman landscapes.
Vivre une solitude heureuse
Author: Marie Borrel, Moussa Nabati
Publisher: Hachette Pratique
Aujourd’hui, dans un parcours de vie normal, tout le monde a vécu, vit ou vivra une période de solitude. Ces périodes de vie solitaire peuvent être vécues comme des chances ou des catastrophes, comme des opportunités ou des calamités. Vit-on les périodes de solitude de la même manière à 20 ans, 30 ans, 40 ans, 50 ans, 60 ans ? Hommes et femmes ont-ils la même conception du couple et des périodes de vie « en solo » ?
We al need God, Sister Jeremy says in her first sentence, and readers of al sorts will find here a warm and practical address to that need. The monastic way is not forsaking the world, but for the sake of the world, and Sister Jeremy's Benedictine wisdom is fundamental human wisdom. Her book is the fruit of decades of practice, and the spiritual journey she recounts is nobody's but hers 'which makes it, paradoxically, something from which everyone can learn. I did is much more effective teaching than one might or you should. There is nothing musty, cobwebbed, or nostalgic in these pages. Sister Jeremy, in her late 80s, is totally alert to the world around her and within us. She is allergic to sentimentality. Because she has spent so much time in silence 'she lived as a hermit for 20 years 'she is especially attentive to words and how like a chameleon they can be. Her antennae are sensitive to anything phony. Every sentence glows with her graceful and witty and hospitale spirit. She is an inspired teacher, a trustworthy guide, one of God's great ones. She shows how a monastic is not on a pedestal or behind a wall, but right in the thick of things with al of us. Jeremy Hal, OSB, is a member of Saint Benedict's Monastery, St. Joseph, Minnesota. She holds a doctorate in theology from Marquette University. Currently retired, Sister Jeremy taught theology at the College of St. Benedict/St. John's University and School of Theology 'seminary, and at Creighton University. She is the author of numerous articles as well as The Full Stature of Christ (Liturgical Press). Sister Jeremy lived as a hermit for twenty years. During that time she gained renown as a wellspring of wisdom and gifted retreat leader.
Rupture of Solitude
Author: Douglas K. German
A Naval Academy midshipman from Nebraska is being groomed by the powers that be in Omaha for the governors mansion. At the Academy he discovers a plot by a cadre in the military to establish control of government. Efforts to foil the coup take events from the family ranch in Nebraska to the Supreme Court in DC to dealing with FARC guerillas in Colombia. Events lead to the fall from favor by the midshipman, betrayal by his beloved brother who is a law clerk for Justice Kennedy, desertion by his father, and a time of loss and remorse. The story is entertainment, but also cause for reflection on matters current and disturbing, universal and enduring. Its a heros journey, taking the midshipman from privilege to outcast, from arrogance to discernment. Its a discovery of soul, an understanding of the otherevoking themes of Lewiss It Cant Happen Here, Steinbecks East of Eden, and Hesses Siddhartha. In 2017 the author was awarded recognition by Glimmer Train Press for his short story South of 18, one of seven short stories in a collection entitled One with Bird.
Story of Love in Solitude
Author: Roger Lewinter
Publisher: New Directions Publishing
A notable discovery of a truly original voice Several stories inhabit Roger Lewinter’s first small book to appear in English, Story of Love in Solitude. Each story takes the form of a loop: a spider who won’t stop returning; camellias that flourish and then die; dying parents whose presence is always yet felt; turning again and again to work on Rilke translations; a younger man whom the narrator sees each week at the Geneva street markets. All the tales touch on the possibility, the open possibility of love—a loop without end. Lewinter’s short fictional works are at once prose poems and a form of dreaming; they are akin to the great French tradition of things sparking emotions and emotions sparking things—part Sarraute, part Robbe-Grillet, part Perec. Plot is not really the point of his meditative works. Lewinter concerns himself more with perception, apperception, and sudden inflections of grace: loss and beauty meet in an explosion of joy, which becomes, “in its brilliance, a means of transmittal.”
Thoughts In Solitude
Author: Thomas Merton
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Thoughtful and eloquent, as timely (or timeless) now as when it was originally published in 1956, Thoughts in Solitude addresses the pleasure of a solitary life, as well as the necessity for quiet reflection in an age when so little is private. Thomas Merton writes: "When society is made up of men who know no interior solitude it can no longer be held together by love: and consequently it is held together by a violent and abusive authority. But when men are violently deprived of the solitude and freedom which are their due, the society in which they live becomes putrid, it festers with servility, resentment and hate." Thoughts in Solitude stands alongside The Seven Storey Mountain as one of Merton's most uring and popular works. Thomas Merton, a Trappist monk, is perhaps the foremost spiritual thinker of the twentiethcentury. His diaries, social commentary, and spiritual writings continue to be widely read after his untimely death in 1968.