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The Music of Silence

A Sacred Journey through the Hours of the Day, 2nd Edition
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Ulysses
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December, 2001
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9781569752975
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This series of inspiring meditations by Brother David Steindl-Rast, who is renowned for making the special gifts of monastic experience accessible, palatable, and even appetizing to all, explains the sacred nature of the chant, the self-transcendence of faith, and the wonder of an inner peace possible through silence and listening. Arranged according to the eight hours of the Divine Office that the monks chant, from Vigils to Compline, these meditations will accompany readers on a sacred journey through the hours of the day. A kind of toolbox for the soul, this book shows how meditation and prayer can reconnect us with the sources of our joy.

We can also be generous with our compassion. I have found that just lightly touching a person in a caring gesture sends a powerful message of kindness. Our world is so alienating, we are so literally out of touch with one another. Anything we do to communicate concretely that we really care about one another helps. It creates a sense of belonging, a sense that we are sisters and brothers in this home of ours, which is the whole world.

“This book is steeped in the wisdom of disciplined prayer done according to the rhythms of day and night. As a monk, Steindl-Rast has learned that ‘Prayer is not sending an order and expecting it to be fulfilled. Prayer is attuning yourself to the life of the world, to love, the force that moves the sun and the moon and the stars.’ It is the sort of thing that monks, mystics, and poets come to know very well by paying close attention to the flow of hours around them.” —Kathleen Norris, author of Cloister Walk

David Steindl-Rast, a Benedictine monk, is author of The Listening Heart, Gratefulness: The Heart of Prayer and Belonging to the Universe.

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