The orchards of perseverance : conversations with Trappist monks about God, their lives, and the world

by Perata, David D.

Format: Print Book 2000
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CLP - Main Library Mezzanine - Non-fiction BX2525.A33 P47 2000x
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Mezzanine - Non-fiction
Call Number  BX2525.A33 P47 2000x
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "This collection of interviews with Trappist monks at the Abbey of Our Lady of New Clairvaux monastery in Vina, California, offers profound insight into both the mystical and the pragmatic nature of monasticism. Attempting to "humanize the monk and lift the cloak of mystery from the monastic life," Perata poses a number of probing questions to his subjects, ranging from the spiritual to the material aspects of their lives. With grace and serene dignity, the monks wrestle with such intensely personal issues as the way they responded to God's call, the difficulty in leaving family and friends behind to join the monastery, the tests of faith they have encountered through the years, the bouts of loneliness they have experienced, their views on life outside the monastery, and the ultimate power of faith and prayer. An inspirational glimpse into a religious lifestyle that continues to fascinate and mystify most laypersons. Recommended for larger religion collections. --Margaret Flanagan"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Perata first visited New Clairvaux Abbey, a Trappist monastery in California, as a boy more than 30 years ago and has returned almost every year since. His interviews with the monks in this cloistered community--many of whom watched him grow up--are direct and genuine, as one friend talking to another. Perata chooses an oral history format and wisely preserves a sense of each speaker's personal idiom, which lends veracity to the text, while 86 photos give faces to the voices. The monks discuss their original decisions to enter a cloistered community and the spiritual journey each has taken while there. Father Timothy, as well as many of the other monks, stresses that "we're just ordinary people" who have been "blessed with a vocation." Some, such as Brother Adam, humorously find God in the circumstances of daily life, even to the point of saying, "Aw, Deo gratias" instead of cussing. Many stress that spiritual growth within a monastery always happens within community, or as Brother John calls it, "bumping into each other continuously throughout the day." These men, speaking in simple words, make abstract and mystical concepts accessible to a wide audience. Perata's winning book demonstrates an extraordinary spirituality in the monks' "ordinary" lives. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Abbey of Our Lady of New Clairvaux (Vina, Calif.)
Trappists -- Interviews.
Trappists -- Spiritual life.
Vina (Calif.) -- Church history -- 20th century.
Publisher Ruthven, Ia :St. Therese's Press,2000
Language English
Description xxi, 201 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 194-197) and index.
ISBN 0967213509 :
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