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Profound yet accessible extended meditation upon the meaning of universal Happiness in this technological time,
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The Reverend Sister Joan Chittister OSB, past President of American Benedictine Prioresses has held us safe and carried us carefully towards peace through her several warm and generous writings, such as, recently, The Radical Christian Life: A Year with Saint Benedict, as well as The Rule of Benedict: A Spirituality for the 21st Century (Spiritual Legacy Series), and graciously with The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully.
We now have her over two hundred page hardcover text on Happiness, examined philosophically in all of its aspects, comparing and contrasting with what we mistake for happiness at our peril and ultimate sorrow, guiding us gently on to true happiness, and unto peace.
The Reverend Sister Joan like a great and life bringing mighty river profusely fills us with the hope of happiness through this great spiritual treatise, published now by the well known theological publishing house of William Eerdmans. This book serves us all who sorrow in guiding us gently upon the path to peace, stripping off all the delusions which are not in the end happiness. But I cannot recount this long and excellent and edifying text here briefly for you, but ask you please to enter its gentle, encircling dance drawing us on to realize ultimate happiness. This is yet another book from the Reverend Sister Joan which requires fully the Benedictine discipline of lectio divina, a meditative technique calling for our attentive reading, and rereading, and meditation of what is read, and read again. This book serves well as the reading at meals in a large Benedictine motherhouse, in which a reader includes a few pages from this book in the daily public reading at meals, pages for close consideration by each listener, and recollection for the next day's subsequent reading. This is a book to come home to, in peace and in solitude and in silence, to find true happiness.
Rabbi Michael Lerner, editor of Tikkun, finds in this book and her author: " . . .Already a contemporary saint and an embodiment of the spiritual elder 'wise woman,' Benedictine Sister Joan draws her insights not only from the most profound philosophers and every major religious traditions East and West, but also from her own experience of a life well lived, consciously lived, and beautifully lived. ( . . .)"
Poor as I am, I can express this truth no better, but urge you to begin the path to true Happiness holding the sure and hardened hand of the Reverend Sister Joan Chittister OSB. We live in a time of great material desire now drawing to a close; now is our time to find where true happiness lies. Read this book. Try this book, and may you find true happiness at last.