Some New Books to Explore

If this were an ideal world and I had all the time in the universe to do everything I would like, I'd be reading all sorts of books — and writing lengthy reviews of many of them on this blog. But, alas, ours is not an ideal world, and so like everyone else I have to make do. And so, in that spirit of making do, here are a few brief comments about some interesting books that have come to my attention lately. Some of them are new and some have been around for a while, but I think they are all w … [Read more...]

New Monasticism

New Monasticism: What it Has to Say to Today's Church By Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos Press, 2008 Review by Carl McColman"We are waiting not for a Godot, but for another — doubtless very different — St. Benedict," says Alasdair Macintyre at the conclusion of After Virtue, his withering critique of the ethical vacuum in postmodern society. And while the triumphalist voices on the hard Catholic right might loudly proclaim that this mantle belongs to Benedict XVI, for many ot … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

Prayer is not so much about convincing God to do what we want God to do as it is about convincing ourselves to do what God wants us to do.— Shane Claiborne and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, Becoming the Answer to Our Prayers … [Read more...]

Quotes for the Day

All the way to heaven is heaven. — Catherine of Siena, as quoted in New Monasticism by Jonathan Wilson-HartgroveYou are as holy as you want to be. —Jan van Ruusbroec, as quoted in Ruusbroec and His Mysticism by Paul VerdeyenGod never grants mystical wisdom without love. — John of the Cross, The Dark Night of the Soul … [Read more...]


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