But she's also a Protestant, with a refreshingly level-headed outsider's perspective on the seemingly impenetrable world inside a monastery. Some thoughts I enjoyed: p. And Norris' voice is as clear now, thirty years later, as it was then. An embrace of moral and spiritual contemplation. The problem is that once you have gotten your nifty new product, the the cloister walk norris kathleen gets a brief glance, maybe a once over, but it often tends to get discarded or lost with the original packaging. Norris' many descriptions of feasts and celebrations, both monastic and secular, kindle our desire to share our lives with community. When I think of a good 'rule of life' I think of St.
This is the book that I've been looking for to translate the monastic life for people who live in the 21st century. I always find it amazing how we find our way to the right books at the right time. He stays at the Abbey of St. There was a passage somewhere in the book that has stayed with me. These are disparate pieces rather than a straightforward narrative. There is a peaceful prairie way about her work and a great sense of curiosity in it too. They gossip, crack jokes, fall asleep in church, suffer through depression and doubt like the rest of us….
The Cloister Walk describes her nine-month stay at the St. The title suggested nuns to me more than monks, but that is a minor quibble. In particular, the book draws lessons from the time Norris spent as a Benedictine oblate. Like Norris' other Christian non-fiction, Cloister Walk makes observation from Norris' Benedictine and small town South Dakota perspective which, oddly, remain highly congruent. A New York Times bestseller for 23 weeksA New York Times Notable Book of the Year A strange and beautiful book. Some gracefully show a great deal of tolerance, while others sometimes lose it and, unfortunately, shut down explorations of faith and values.
In The Cloister Walk, Kathleen Norris recounts her communal experience with the monks at St. Kathleen Norris born in Washington, D. This is a re-read for me. I think they are found in many religions and throughout cultures. This is the question that poet Kathleen Norris asks us as, somewhat to her own surprise, she found herself on two extended residencies at St.
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 on a rigid schedule of prayer, work, and scripture? Now I have three -- or four -- copies of it! She weaves in the spirituality of the everyday with the more rarified monastic spirituality of the Benedictine tradition. For the first 200 pages, this was a solid, four star reading: thoughtful, quoting the Desert Fathers, a Presbyterian who likes hanging out with Benedictine monks, which did make me a little nervous about if she was illicitly going to Communion all those times she talks about going to M I wanted to read this book ever since it was in a box of books to add to the collection back in 2012 when I worked at a college library. Benedict's Rule and I am grateful to this Protestant woman for teaching me about it! Our apartment was the former priests' residence. She speaks of the monastic lectio divina as a mode of reading that involves the heart and aims at a surrender to whatever word or phrase catches the attention. As a poet and a Benedictine she is drawn to the Psalms in the Bible and their poetic imagery.
She even manages to quietly dispel some myths without making me feel like a fool for half-believing Hollywood. Perhaps there's hope for spiritual life outside the cloister after all. In 1974, her grandmother died leaving Norris the family farm in South Dakota, and she and her future husband, the poet David Dwyer, decided to temporarily Kathleen Norris was born on July 27, 1947 in Washington, D. I might just go read the book of Jeremiah. The title suggested nuns to me more than monks, but that is a minor quibble. It touches and inspires much like Dakota, The Virgin Of Bennington and her collections of poetry. I'm 99% sure it was in the late '90's.
Who they are and how you are similar or different can lead to acceptance, or at least, a better understanding of differences. . She entered a new, non-fiction phase in her literary career after becoming a at in 1986, and spending extended periods at in. Kathleen Norris is a poet and has a poet's perspective on Catholicism and the ways of Benedictine monks. John's Abbey, a Benedictine monastery in Collegeville, Minnesota. I especially liked Ms Norris' take on the Book of Revelation. Prayer in praise of god, I understand.
Some find the phrase blunt and shocking, while others recognize the truth in it. Her sheltered upbringing left her unprepared for the world she encountered when she began attending Bennington College in Vermont. By subscribing, you get access to a huge library of multimedia content, which is updated daily. One of my greatest freedoms is to see that all the pretenses and defenses I put up in the first part of my life, I can spend the rest of my life taking down. Kathleen Norris has grown to become one of my favorite authors. So this time I don't pass.