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Why would a married woman with a thoroughly Protestant background and often doubt than faith be drawn to the ancient practice of monasticism to a community of celibate men whose days are centered around a rigid schedule of prayer work and scripture This is the uestion that poet Kathleen Norris asks us as somewhat to her own surprise she. This review was originally published on my blog ShouldaCouldaWouldaBooksIn the early 1990s Kathleen Norris spent nine months at the Benedictine monastery of St John s in Collegeville Minnesota She signed on several years before the book begins to become an oblate of the order The word oblate comes from the old Latin for offering but in reality has come to mean someone associated with the order who tries to live by their ideas as much as possible while maintaining their secular life otherwise As I understand it this means living by the text of The Rule of St Benedict a ninety six page volume that as I understand it is really the slimmest of all rulebooks for an order like theirsThe monks live communally and share everything food living space chores it is written into the rules that not even the abbott is excused from kitchen duty and the prioress of nuns herself washes bodies for burial Many of them have jobs in the wider community as well as teachers and counselors and nurses but not all Some serve the order itself tending their farms cleaning their abbeys as liturgical directors musicians administrators The Benedictines believe deeply in hospitality the monastery is not considered complete without a guest or two staying with them The most interesting of these principles to me however was the order s deep engagement and focus on the psalms It is a first principle of their worship that they read the psalms straight through at least some portion of it each day When they reach the end they start over again month after month year after year until the verses become as familiar to them as breathing until they occur to them unbidden while out watching a sunset one evening deep in the midst of depression suddenly appearing and able to save them from themselves with a seemingly spontaneous gift of praise a beautiful gift of a thing that happens to Norris after she returns home to the bare plains of South Dakota after her stay with the monksThe most obvious comparison for this book is Fermor s A Time to Keep Silence which I read last year They are both writers who have chosen to live with and like monks for extended periods of time They both have engaged with different orders and repeatedly returned to the Benedictines as the most human of the lot the ones they consider their closest friends They both use their time to inwardly reflect on who they are at the moment and to get to know the monks and nuns they re living with But what s different is that Norris focuses far on the texts that are at the center of life there while Fermor is far concerned with explaining the how the orders work to others and looking into their history and of course with navel gazing about his own inner transformations minutely examining his emotions from one day to the next Norris shares her life with us in glancing ways but never makes herself the point the way that Fermor does There s value in both but I thought Norris book likely approached what it was like to live as a member of a monastic community far than Fermor s didThis book therefore is really about what engagement with literature with pure words as much as it is about religion Norris is a poet and approaches her time with the monks from that perspective Each chapter is structured around a reading a line or a life of a saint she encounters while attending worship with the monks The readings appropriately follow the wheel of the year and the saint s days and feast days that mark its change She tells the tales of obscure saints we d never otherwise hear of attempts to genuinely engage with parts of the bible that others consider a drag poor complaining doleful Jerome and looks hard at other bits that are generally politely excised from modern day worship such as the really angry vengeful not at all admirable bits of the psalms and reframe their meaning and purpose for what she calls a modern literal minded audienceIndeed one of her repeated insights is that we as a society have lost the knack of living metaphorically read the rest on the blog at Vietnam Perkasie practice of monasticism to a community of celibate men whose days are centered around a rigid schedule of A Proper Hellhound: A Montague & Strong Detective Story prayer work and scripture This is the uestion that Losing Strength and Dexterity poet Kathleen Norris asks us as somewhat to her own surprise she. 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The Cloister Walk

Found herself on two extended residencies at St John's Abbey in Minnesota Part record of her time among the Benedictines part meditation on various aspects of monastic life The Cloister Walk demonstrates from the rare perspective of someone who is both an insider and outsider how immersion in the cloistered world its liturgy its ritual i. This book is not an easy read but is beautifully written It is definitely not for everyone I have been uietly reading it over the last two months It is the author s own walk through the male monastic life and in particular the Benedictines She looks at the relevance of their ordered life their community living their ritual devotion to prayer to society today It is of interest to me because of my own connections and impressions of the Benedictine s and their openness to the world outside of their monastic life situated in York many years ago

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Ts sense of community can impart meaning to everyday events and deepen our secular lives In this stirring and lyrical work the monastery often considered archaic or otherworldly becomes immediate accessible and relevant to us no matter what our faith may be A New York Times bestseller for 23 weeks A New York Times Notable Book of the Yea. Norris is introducing us one by one to the core religious aspects of Christianity as she comes to know and understand them We explore every key dimension of monastic life with her Why celebacy why community why Scripture reading why choir and music why poverty why we are not perfect I think like many people I expected this book to be a straighforward description something like This was my year in the monastery We ate beans and prayed blah blah blah However we as readers receive something much wonderful rare and important While we DO receive a description of monastery life we experience it as Norris s personal spiritual journey all her revelations confusions doubts and certainties Essentially we see what happens to her FAITH What a brave and miraculous thing to show to strangers And much holy After all the material aspects are not what matter to Holy People or poets which is what Norris is first and foremost As much as I enjoyed this book at times I found it difficult to get through it It is not the most entertaining read but rather something for contemplation You need not be religious but you must be poetic and spiritual For the down times I gave it only four stars


10 thoughts on “The Cloister Walk

  1. says:

    This review was originally published on my blog ShouldaCouldaWouldaBooksIn the early 1990s Kathleen Norris spent nine months at the Benedictine monastery of St John’s in Collegeville Minnesota She signed on several years before the book begins to become an “oblate” of the order The word oblate comes from the old Latin for “offering” but in reality has come to mean someone associated with the order w

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    45 Like Amazing Grace this is an impressively all encompassing and elouent set of essays on how faith intersects with everyday life In particular the book draws lessons from the time Norris spent as a Benedictine oblate From this experience she learned the benefits as well as the drawbacks of solitude and communal living She also considers the place that celibacy and monastic living might still have in modern life “T

  3. says:

    Read this book many years ago but I can't recall exactly how many I'm 99% sure it was in the late '90's In any event I was still so ignorant about my own Catholic heritage at that point I hadn't even heard of The Rule of St Benedict which I promptly went out bought and read from cover to cover Now I have three or four copies of it When I think of a good 'rule of life' I think of St Benedict's Rule and I am grateful to

  4. says:

    I was rather uneasy with this book although I did manage to struggle through to the endThere were a few definite mentions of Orthod

  5. says:

    This book is not an easy read but is beautifully written It is definitely not for everyone I have been uietly reading it over the last two months It is the author's own walk through the male monastic life and in particular the Benedictines She looks at the relevance of their ordered life their community living their ritual devotion to prayer

  6. says:

    This book changed my lifeIt's hard to explain You really have to read it Based on my experience it helps to be a Catholic who loves books Kathleen Norris is a poet and has a poet's perspective on Catholicism and the ways o

  7. says:

    I love Kathleen Norris and all she synthesizes here Chipped away at this before bed for a long time Wanted to start it aga

  8. says:

    The Cloister Walk offers “food” for the soul at a time when many of us are hungry Norris’s book chronicles her experiences as a lay oblate at St John's Abbey a Benedictine monastery in Collegeville Minnesota

  9. says:

    Norris is introducing us one by one to the core religious aspects of Christianity as she comes to know and understand them We explore

  10. says:

    One of my all time favorite uotes by this author from another bookThis is my spiritual geography the place where

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