Living With Contradiction

An Introduction to Benedictine Spirituality

Esther de Waal

Jan/1998, 176 Pages, PAPERBACK, 4.5 x 7

ISBN-13: 9780819217547



These simple and inviting reflections on the Rule of St. Benedict take as their starting point our search for wholeness in a world that is fragmented and increasingly polarized. Many people today struggle to balance the demands of professional and personal lives, and find little satisfaction or peacefulness in either. Yet the ancient wisdom of St. Benedict offers a clear and helpful pathway that leads directly to healing, transformation and new life.

Written in de Waal's inimitable style, this book is for old friends of the Rule of St. Benedict and novices alike. Holding up segments of the Rule, de Waal's meditations on Benedict's words illuminate the wisdom of the Rule not only for those of Benedict's time, but for all of us today as well.

Esther de Waal lives in Herefordshire, close to the border between England and Wales, having returned to the countryside where she grew up. She is the author of many books, including Living with Contradiction: An Introduction to Benedictine Spirituality and Every Earthly Blessing, both available from Morehouse Publishing.

"The time certainly is ripe for this fine little book...Esther de Waal offers us a simple and practical introduction to Benedictine spirituality as a gift for our time. Our desire for wholeness in a world of fragmentation is addressed not with platitudes or programs but by pointing us again to Christ. We are invited to walk the path of contradiction as the way to healing, transformation, and vibrant life."
Weavings, A Journal of the Christian Spiritual Life

"... simple and inviting reflections... offer a clear and helpful pathway that leads directly to healing, transformation, and new life."
South Dakota Church News

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  • Spirituality
  • Conflict
  • Meditations
  • Saint Benedict

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