THE SOUL'S SLOW RIPENING

By Christine Valters Paintner
Product Code: 11562 ISBN No:9781932057102 In Stock
Format:  Paperback
Publisher:  Sorin Books
Publication Date: 30 Oct 2018
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Everyone wants to understand God’s will for their lives. Paintner shares one of the most ancient paths to that understanding from her study of monasticism and immersion into Celtic spirituality while living in Ireland.

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Everyone wants to understand God’s will for their lives. Paintner shares one of the most ancient paths to that understanding from her study of monasticism and immersion into Celtic spirituality while living in Ireland. The Celtic way, which Paintner distills into twelve practices, offers discernment that focuses on the environment rather than the intellectual focus present in other forms of discernment. It allows for what Paintner calls the “soul’s slow ripening,” coming into the fullness of our own sweetness before we pluck the fruit. Each chapter begins with a story of a particular Irish saint? some well-known like Patrick or Brigid, others less so, such as Ita and Ciaran?and then introduces a helpful practice for discernment that the saint’s life illustrates. Paintner explores the call of dreams, the importance of thresholds, the practice of peregrination (wandering for the love of God), walking the rounds, learning by heart, soul friends, blessing each moment, and the wisdom of the landscape and the seasons. Readers are invited to explore these concepts through photography and writing. Paintner invites us to contemplative walks with specific themes along with poetic writing prompts for expression. As you explore an alternate way of discerning a spiritual path, you’ll become more aligned with creativity and wholeness.

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