The purpose of monasticism is described. Christians today could do worse than follow these simple teachings. Rowan Williams, using the chapter titles: Life, Death and Neighbours; Silence and Honey Cakes; Fleeing and Staying, explored some of the ideas propounded by the Christian desert monastics of the third century onwards. . Around the beginning of the 3rd century A.
Well worth reading and re-reading. Rowan Williams' writing is crystal clear and make rational what would seem irrational. Du kan kontakte kundesenteret på e-post eller telefon 22 02 87 01 for hjelp og informasjon. No one can flee himself nor God. I do dislike the way he sets up a personal characteristic to knock it down again, I often found myself thinking, well that's not what the people I know are like, Rowan.
I found the last I found this book, by to be informative and helpful. Σε αυτήν, ο Rowan Williams μιλά για τη σημασία του Γεροντικού στο σήμερα, για την επίδραση που ο ίδιος δέχθηκε από Έλληνες Ορθόδοξους στοχαστές, για την επίσκεψή του μαζί με τον Μητροπολίτη Κάλλιστο Ware στο Άγιο Όρος, και άλλα. The good archbishop puts it best in this way: 'There is no goodness that is not bodily and realistic and local. Rather than a life removed from community, this is a life devoted to community with a tremendous level of focus. Around the beginning of the 3rd century A. Hoofdstukken om de rode draad vast te houden : 1.
So it can be for us. This is a great little summary of some of the major lessons of desert monasticism. Williams gives a very convicting argument as to why life with our neighbors is essential for spiritual growth; the role of silence and fellowship as well as what and why we flee as well as what and why we do not. Not a page turner is what I'm trying to get at. It helped explain and contextualise some of the sayings and thoughts for me.
Good as either an Advent or Lenten devotion, either for individuals or groups. A monk does not credit himself saying he is a self made man or he has found himself but that he has been shown a better way through his maker, God. He tells stories of the desert fathers - the ancient monks of the 3rd, 4th and 5th centuries, and helps us understand what drove them to retreat from 'normal'life. Rowan Williams goes back to the 4th century desert fathers and mothers for inspiration and insight, discovering that their spirituality resonates strongly with aspects of the modern spiritual search. The attempt to take the Desert Fathers seriously and apply them to the modern world is one that has been tried by several authors, but this is one of the more successful applications.
The book takes seriously the complexity of human nature and Christianity in a way that challenges me and comforts me. At the same time, we learn the value of silence. It's written in a very accessible style and I find it quite amazing that this started life as a lecture how long was that!?! This is rounded out with an excellent but all-too-brief collection of sayings and stories from the Desert Fathers and Mothers. This is a decent introduction to the wisdom of the desert fathers, the early fathers of the Church. It is one of the most compelling books on Christian community that I have read. Holiness is not a preserve of the educated. The text of a series of talks given by Rowan Williams on the Desert Fathers and Mothers - the Christians who took themselves into the desert in the 4th and 5th centuries.
It is not about being self abasing though but seeking self awareness. Ik vond zijn Narnia boek tot nu toe denk ik het beste, maar deze verdient ook zeker vijf sterren. While the desert dwellers did not live easy lives, we begin to understand that the locus of their wisdom was not in the big moments, but the simple and mundane moments of each day. Though, of course, it's best thought of as a clear signpost for John Cassian's Conferences, the Philokalia and the Apophthegmata ton Pateron. .
This probably made a lot more sense as a lecture than as a book, I'd hope the intonation of the speaker might have made some sense. Σε αυτά τα πλαίσια, προβλήθηκε μια βιντεοσκοπημένη συνέντευξη που είχα την χαρά να πάρω μέσω Skype από το συγγραφέα. And most of all - 'where God happens'- in community and relationship between you and I. Some texts referred to were beyond my access but it is good to have an accessible explanation on more in-depth topics with this book and I was inspired to reread John 1 and also 2 Corinthians 4. And when he draws our attention to the sorts of ways the Desert Fathers and Mothers speak to us, it is in the way of allowing a holy silence, a silence of expectation and a silence in which we listen to what others really have to say, to intrude on our lives. Life, Death and Neighbours; 2.
We should therefore listen to the silent rhythm of life at times and gradually learn how to echo it and make sounds in union with it. Williams looks at various topics where the spiritual search of the desert fathers and mothers touches our own, including: living in relationship with others; discovering the truth about ourselves; reassessing our priorities; silence and the importance of language; living in a fearless community; living within our limitations; life and death; and staying and leaving. We should aim for harmony and this first requires order in human living and right use of time. It is extremely well written and very accessible to almost any adult reader. The emphasis on loving the real relationships in our communities instead of always seeking greener pastures, prayer, humility, the virtue of staying and vocation speak to many of the questions we face- particularly in an increasingly distractible world. Wonderful exploration and helpful contemplation of the desert monastics.
Silence and Honey Cakes is Rowan Williams wonderful little book — based on his lectures to The World Community of Christian Meditation — which explores the wisdom of the desert fathers and mothers. He took up a leaking jug and started to walk and said 'My sins run out behind me and I cannot see them, yet here I am coming to sit in judgement on the mistakes of somebody else'. It just goes to show that not much has really changed since the days when men and women first left the cities and went out into the desert in an effort to truly live a life in relationship with the Lord. This is another re-read for me, but one that I keep returning to. Rowan Williams makes a number of references to Orthodox praxis and Orthodox thinking, including to the personalism of Vladimir Lossky, as well as to the idiosyncratic monasticism of Catholic mystis like Thomas Merton. Only when we do that can we learn how to deal with the weaknesses in others. Teachings that resonated with me were on simplicity, the need for utter honesty before God, transparency, and our complete dependence on Christs salvation.