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The cloister walk, Kathleen Norris

Label
The cloister walk
Title
The cloister walk
Statement of responsibility
Kathleen Norris
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • Why would a married woman with a thoroughly Protestant background and often more doubt than faith be drawn to the ancient practice of monasticism, to a community of celibate men whose days are centered around a rigid schedule of prayer, work, and scripture? This is the question that Kathleen Norris herself asks as, somewhat to her own surprise, she found herself on two extended residencies at a Benedictine monastery. Yet upon leaving the monastery, she began to feel herself transformed, and the daily events of her life on the Great Plains - from her morning walk to her going to sleep at night - gradually took on new meaning. She found that in the monastery, time slowed down, offering a new perspective on community, family, and even small-town life. By coming to understand the Benedictine practice of celibacy, she felt her own marriage enriched; through the communal reading aloud of the psalms every day, her notion of the ancient oral tradition of poetry came to life; and even the mundane task of laundry took on new meaning through the lens of Benedictine ritual. Kathleen Norris here takes us through a liturgical year, as she experienced it both within the monastery and outside it. She shows us, from the rare perspective of someone who is both insider and outsider, how immersion in the cloistered world -- its liturgy, its rituals, its sense of community -- can impart meaning to everyday events and deepen our secular lives, no matter what our faith may be
  • "Why would a married woman with a thoroughly Protestant background and often more doubt than faith be drawn to the ancient practice of monasticism, to a community of celibate men whose days are centered around a rigid schedule of prayer, work, and scripture? This is the question that Kathleen Norris herself asks as, somewhat to her own surprise, she found herself on two extended residencies at a Benedictine monastery. Yet upon leaving the monastery, she began to feel herself transformed, and the daily events of her life on the Great Plains - from her morning walk to her going to sleep at night - gradually took on new meaning." "She found that in the monastery, time slowed down, offering a new perspective on community, family, and even small-town life. By coming to understand the Benedictine practice of celibacy, she felt her own marriage enriched; through the communal reading aloud of the psalms every day, her notion of the ancient oral tradition of poetry came to life; and even the mundane task of laundry took on new meaning through the lens of Benedictine ritual." "Writing with lyrical grace, Kathleen Norris here takes us through a liturgical year, as she experienced it both within the monastery and outside it. She shows us, from the rare perspective of someone who is both insider and outsider, how immersion in the cloistered world - its liturgy, its rituals, its sense of community - can impart meaning to everyday events and deepen our secular lives. Through her masterly prose and rare insight, the monastery, often considered archaic or otherworldly, becomes immediate, accessible, and relevant to us, no matter what our faith may be."--BOOK JACKET
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
  • DLC
  • DLC
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1947-
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Norris, Kathleen
Dewey number
255
Index
no index present
LC call number
BX2435
LC item number
.N57 1996
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Spiritual life
  • Monastic and religious life
  • Spiritual life
  • Catholic Church
  • Norris, Kathleen
Label
The cloister walk, Kathleen Norris
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Dawn -- September 3 : Gregory the Great -- St. John's Abbey liturgy schedule -- The rule and me -- September 17 : Hildegard of Bingen -- September 29 : Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, archangels -- The difference -- September 30 : Jerome -- October 1 : Th
Control code
34116178
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
xv, 384 pages
Isbn
9781573220286
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
96000863
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)34116178
Label
The cloister walk, Kathleen Norris
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Dawn -- September 3 : Gregory the Great -- St. John's Abbey liturgy schedule -- The rule and me -- September 17 : Hildegard of Bingen -- September 29 : Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, archangels -- The difference -- September 30 : Jerome -- October 1 : Th
Control code
34116178
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
xv, 384 pages
Isbn
9781573220286
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
96000863
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)34116178

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