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by Shusaku. Endo
Edition: Paperback

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Silence is golden., 9 Oct. 2008
This review is from: Silence (Paperback)

'You make yourself more important than them. You are preoccupied with your own salvation. If you say that you will apostatize, those people will be taken from the pit. They will be saved fom suffering. And you refuse to do so. It's because you dread to betray the Church. You dread to be the dregs of the Church, like me.' (p268)

Faced with this statement from his former teacher, now apostatized; faced with the unbearable suffering of the japanese peasant Christians; faced with the intolerable silence of God, Father Rodrigues must decide if trampling on the face of Christ is indeed the most Christian thing to do.

This is a fantastically well written book and has been skillfully translated by William Johnston, a master of studies into mysticism and oriental Christianity. It is a text that will cause you to wrestle with God's silence, with the value of missionary work and will cause you to search deep within your heart and challenge the very fundamental beliefs of you own faith.

Please read.

Finding Sanctuary: Monastic steps for Everyday Life
Finding Sanctuary: Monastic steps for Everyday Life
by Father Christopher Jamison OSB
Edition: Hardcover

79 of 83 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sacred spaces, 26 April 2006
Having heard Abbot Jamison read the chapter on obiedience to a group of young people on retreat at Worth abbey in march 2006 I was looking forward to reading the whole of the book and the chapter on obiedience in context.
I was not dissapointed, being quite interested in Benedictine spirituality already i found this book to be a very good practical guide to creating sanctuary in your life. I am also very impressed with the way in which Abbot Jamison takes into account people of differing faith traditions and those with no faith tradition at all. I found that the caring, understanding, and intelligent person of the abbot transfers into his writings, creating an informative and pleasant read.
The only criticism I have is that if you haven't seen the monastry TV series then references to some of the participants may be a little out of joint with the rest of the book.
At any rate this is well worth buying......
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