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Gratitude is not only the posture of praise but it is also the basic element of real belief in God.

Cassian wrote that Abba John, the leader of a great monastery, went to Abba Paesius who had been living for forty years very far off Welcome to the Wisdom of the World by Joan Chittister

In the East, at least, November is a sear month, beautiful for its bleakness.

Identity is a moveable feast. It is not a fixed concept.

The contemplative sees everywhere the One from whose life all life comes.

The sole writing teacher I ever had taught only five things.

There are moments in life—both spiritual and intellectual—that are like no other. They change us. They redirect us. They complete us.

It wasn’t any kind of special moment when it happened. It wasn’t my birthday, for instance, or an anniversary of anything.

After a woman makes perpetual profession of her monastic vows of obedience, stability, and metanoia, she lights her profession The Monastic Heart by Joan Chittister

Every afternoon, as I sit in my upstairs office, I hear the old monastery bells begin to ring in the once Benedictine church that then Monastic Heart by Joan Chittister

Feast of St. Hildegard is September 17th

One of the most demanding, but often overlooked, dimensions of the creation story is that when creation was finished, it wasn’t really Illuminated Life by Joan Chittister

Belief is not contrary to fact. It simply transcends it.

"When you get what you like in life,” one of our old nuns was fond ofMay Monastic Way by Joan Chittister

I carry within me quotations from Scripture, great literature,The Monastic Way by Joan Chittister