In this insightful and deeply personal work, Kathleen Norris, an award-winning poet and author of both Dakota: A Spiritual Geography and The Cloister ...Show synopsisIn this insightful and deeply personal work, Kathleen Norris, an award-winning poet and author of both Dakota: A Spiritual Geography and The Cloister Walk, draws on her life experiences, her poetry and her love of the Benedictine tradition to discuss the mysterious way that the daily or "quotidian" can open us to the transforming presence of God. This volume is the text of the 1998 Madeleva Lecture in Spirituality, sponsored by the Center for Spirituality at Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, Indiana.Hide synopsis
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Description:New. Kathleen Norris' most refreshing book to date and part of...New. Kathleen Norris' most refreshing book to date and part of a longer work in progress, The Quotidian Mysteries addresses the spiritual value derived from the performance of quotidian, or daily, tasks with equanimity and patience. The author asserts that such tasks are a necessary part of spiritual health, writing, ''When human beings try to 'do everything at once and for all and be through with it, ' we court acedia, self-destruction and death...Modern psychology does not always know what to make of mystery, but it is in agreement with the psychology of the ancient desert monastics in recognizing that depression is often the flip side of anger....and it manifests itself as the sloth of disobedience, a refusal to keep us in good relationship to God and to each other. '' For readers who have been entranced by Kathleen Norris's poetic spiritual writings and yet sometimes felt impatient with the eclecticism of her sources, this book marks a significant shift. 104 pp.
It is lovely the way that Kathleen Norris interweaves scripture throughout the book and illuminates the way in which daily housework and the domestic arts contribute to a spiritual life and offer opportunities for deepening it. However, her assertion that such tasks are otherwise "meaningless" shows a residual feminism that is either part of her or represents a compulsion to kowtow to feminism. The domestic arts are not meaningless tasks, anymore than a having a home, rather than having a just a house, is an empty idea.
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