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The Cloister Walk

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Norris, whose poetry collections include The Middle of the World, reached a wide audience with her prose memoir Dakota, A Spiritual Geography. For the past 35 years, a small band of dedicated friends have poured their hearts and love into Friends of Silence. The author’s spiritual quest required unlearning the lessons and attitudes about church from her childhood. In this stirring and lyrical work, the monastery becomes immediate, accessible, and relevant to us, no matter what our faith may be. c., pedestal hand wash basin with mirrow and feature lighting over, and large corner tiled shower enclosure with glass sliding doors and electric shower over.

John’s in Collegeville, Minnesota, her general spiritual journey from apathy to restrained devotion, and the impacts this journey has on her perception of the world and the church, including its stranger saints. The author conveys several times her complete astonishment at finding herself a resident in a monastery. A Benedictine oblate of Assumption Abbey for the past 30 years, Norris divides her time between Hawaii and South Dakota. It depicts a depth and beauty of spirituality in monastic life that has survived the vicissitudes of Roman Catholic politics and pomp.For those not in the know, the role of oblate is essentially honorary monasticism for those who are married or otherwise outside the strict requirements of the cloister, yet desire to still participate and follow some of the rules. At times, though, metaphor falls subject to misunderstanding by Christians of both the conservative and liberal varieties. Unlike Fermor in his short masterpiece, Norris utterly fails to convey the 'feel' of monasticism and often comes across as rather apologetic about the subject, as though she feels she needs to justify her interest in it. As a young man (end of college days) I visited a Trappist Monastery when a boyhood friend was studying to become a Trappist, and I was allowed to walk with the Monks in processional at a High Mass (which they have every day). What other things do people use as replacements for religion, and why do you think they so often fall short of the kind of life epitomized by the Benedictines?

From letters signed by Disney himself to classic children’s books or ephemera, be sure to check out some of the collectible Walt Disney books on Biblio! The humanizing stories they tell about both of them are the most wonderful parts of both books- Hey! She brings to life the reality of Benedictine life - the hospitality - the humour - the deep love of Christ and the rhythm of the liturgical year.

In addition the village has a golf club, which provides a challenging 2616 yd 9 hole course, together with 14 bay covered driving range and a club house. The canal tow path and river Exe are also conveniently nearby, and are popular for walking and cycle rides.

In the end, I hated to say goodbye to this time of thought, this safe space to think about God in my life, to step away from judgment and into understanding of different gifts. I was only there a week, but it was a most inspiring event, and I have thought about it often over the years (I'm now 80). By the time I finished the book I realized I was reading while listening to the CD of chants prepared at the monastery I most often visit.Norris takes that assumption and gently, kindly, shatters it and leaves us, if not ready to “get thee to a nunnery” at least more aware of the essential nature of such places and the deeper truths that they sustain.



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