When I did so I regretted having done so. But overall this book is rambling and unstructured and doesn't seem to ever have a purpose other than to expose the author's neurotic obsession with a lifestyle he wishes he could have. The scrambled chapters and aimless notes on Christian living found their only redeeming value in the occasional quotes of some likable monks. His friends the monks seek to unlearn ambition, originality, and reputation--offshoots of narcissism, the god of our age that fails us in so many ways. The contemplative monasticism Sweeney practiced with these monks has been the greatest source of guidance in his journey of faith, and here he shares it with poignant honesty.
Sweeney sits in the warm October sun talking with Father Luke or enjoys a December afternoon in the monastery with Father Ambrose. Listen to the talks given by the retreat master, if you like. He loves the church, the synagogue, and other aspects of organized religion. He developed lifelong friendships with the monks he meets and they appear real and genuine people on the pages of his book. George Sweeting, then president of Moody Bible Institute, the school in downtown Chicago that Sweeney attended for his first year of college, and which his parents both attended. Sweeney is the author of several books, including the remarkably timely The Pope Who Quit. Instead I had become interested in Catholic spirituality.
At the 2006 Festival of Faith and Writing at in Michigan, he interviewed poet and memoirist on the main stage. I enjoyed reading it and have added more of Sweeney to my reading list. Several times t This was a book with no direction, no purpose and no real consistency other than it's lack of direction and purpose. In honor of this tradition and in the spirit of namelessness that endures even now in Trappist life, I have retained only five names of monastics: Thomas Merton, whom I did not know personally; Father Thomas Keating, whom I have met, and whose spirit, stories, and teaching permeate all of Trappist life in America today; M. Several times throughout the book I questioned whether I should continue to the end. From bookselling he became a trade sales representative for Augsburg Fortress Publishing, traveling a seven-state territory in the Southeastern U.
Despite the joke, she was a young woman, and young women are not usually supposed to be wandering around monastery grounds. Cloister Talks is a contemplative conversation inviting us to know ourselves in the deep, deep love of the One by whom we're already known. In fact, they find perhaps more questions. Sweeney is the author of several books, including the remarkably timely The Pope Who Quit. Basil Pennington, Brother , and. He has written more than 20 books, Jon M.
He has also recently published a biography of his late friend and colleague,. Franciscan Media — via Amazon. If the server does not provide a quick download, then we remove it from the list. If he is photographed, he should be unrecognizable. I ended up learning more about Sweeney's instability than about the monastic vow of stability.
Today, Jon is a practicing Catholic who also prays regularly with his wife, a rabbi. Or just shut your mouth for a few days. Basil Pennington, who was my friend, and who died in 2005; Brother Leonard, whose writings I read before his death; and Brother Wayne Teasdale, a friend, who was not a Trappist but whose life was changed when he visited St. And what about your parents, your fiancée, your friends? Center for Action and Contemplation. Come along as author Jon M.
He has worked in book publishing for 25 years: after co-founding SkyLight Paths Publishing, he was the editor in chief and publisher at Paraclete Press, and in August 2015 became editorial director at Franciscan Media Books. In the Philippines, I read his memoir, The Seven Storey Mountain. Sweeney sits in the warm October sun talking with Father Luke or enjoys a December afternoon in the monastery with Father Ambrose. Sweeney is an independent scholar and writer of popular history. Francis of Assisi in 2009 he was received into the Catholic Church. Reaching well beyond Catholic readership, this will be valuable to the thoughtful reader, Christian and non-Christian.
The family returned to Wheaton in 1969 and Sweeney resided there until college. I know that you may feel your time is wasted here if you haven't had enough ah-has, but I assure you it won't be. People call them ah-ha moments; don't worry about those. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Sweeney, Jon M. Sweeney, self-described wanderer and spiritual explorer, was dissatisfied in any one particular denomination.
Cloister Talks: Learning from My Friends the Monks is an easy to read, honest account, of a self searching for God, with the help of the authors friends, the Monks. October 4 in , in 2009. It's interesting that some of the reviewers point out the unfocussed, rambling, lack of direction in the text as if it is bad writing. . The author models how we can practice hospitality toward spiritual paths other than our own.