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Thoughts Matter, by Sr. Mary Margaret Funk

Thoughts Matter takes up the teaching of influential fouth-century monk, John Cassian, who is largely credited with bringing the practices of Christian monasticism to the West. Cassian taught that real intimacy with God in prayer demands renouncing one’s former way of life, the thoughts belonging to that former way of life, and one’s very idea…

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The Sacrament of the Present Moment by Jean-Pierre De Caussade, SJ

The Sacrament of the Present Moment is the three hundred-year-old classic of spiritual guidance and enlightenment by Jean-Pierre de Caussade, a member of the Society of Jesus. In this wise, hopeful, and powerfully stirring masterwork of Christian thought and daily practice, de Caussade encourages a selfless abandonment to God as a means of achieving grace…

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Sayings of the Desert Fathers

The Desert Fathers were the first Christian monks, living in solitude in the deserts of Egypt, Palestine, and Syria. In contrast to the formalized and official theology of the Church, they were ordinary Christians who chose to renounce the world and live lives of celibacy, fasting, vigil, prayer, and poverty in direct and simple response…

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The Rule of the Society of Saint John the Evangelist

Christians of all denominations are looking today to the ancient discipline of a rule of life to strengthen their sense of living in Christ and participating in a wider community. For the first time the brothers of the Society of Saint John the Evangelist are making their rule―completely rewritten and revised―available to the church at…

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