The Word Among Us

June 2010 Issue

Finding Peace Through Prayer

A Benedictine abbot shows us the way in this new book.

By: Jon M. Sweeney

It was probably with Thomas Merton’s The Seven Storey Mountain, published in 1948, that the modern spirituality book was born. People began to realize how much they could experience from this kind of reading, and today the number of spiritual books dwarfs (fifty to one) the number published in Merton’s early days as a monk.

It also used to be that if you wanted to learn about monastic spirituality, your only real choice was to go to a monastery. Today you can...

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