REPORT FROM CALABRIA A Season with the Carthusian Monks
Describes and illustrates the silence, prayer, and austere simplicity of the Carthusian way of life as they were encountered by the author, an anonymous priest who spent four months with the Carthusian community in Calabria, Italy.
The contemplative vocation -- bracing and yet deeply human -- comes alive in this vivid account of very little happening yet a lot going on. Illustrated with over 30 color photos.
Learn to Pray as the Monks Pray:
THE PRAYER OF THE PRESENCE OF GOD
For nearly a thousand years, monks of the Carthusian Order have withdrawn from the world so they can place themselves in the presence of God.
Alone in their cells, they pray, work, and take their meals, freed from worldly distractions and the cacophony of thoughts that course through the mind and need to be stilled when we kneel down to pray.
A thousand years' silence has enabled the Carthusians to perfect a way of praying suited for the cloister, but it's also right for those whose obligations force us to work and pray in the rush and hurry of the world.
In these pages, the monk Augustin Guillerand (1877-1945) reveals the secret of the Carthusian's remarkable prayer of the presence of God. Like love, it's not so much a deed as an attitude — a habit of tranquil listening that allows God to enter our souls by all paths and to establish His presence there. Paperback, 169 pages.