The Cloister Walk ( epub ) ☆ Kathleen Norris


  • Paperback
  • 385
  • The Cloister Walk
  • Kathleen Norris
  • English
  • 02 September 2019
  • 9781573225847

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 who tries to

  2. says:

    45 Like Amazing Grace this is an impressively all encompassing and elouent set of essays on how faith intersects with ever

  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 gr

  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 Orthodox Christianity when referring to ancient saints but everything else was the black

  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 ove

  6. says:

    This book changed my lifeIt's hard

  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 again when I got to the end For me the poet as theologian sure hits the spot

  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 What makes this book fresh wonderful surprising and completely relevant to people of all faiths or non faith is that Norris is not— as one would anticipate— a Catholic but rather a Protestant filled with sp

  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 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

  10. says:

    One of my all time favorite uotes by this author from another bookThis is my spiritual geography the place where I have wrestled my story out of the circumstances of landscape and inheritance The word geography derives from

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The Cloister Walk

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 Essential CG Lighting Techniques to A House In The High Hills the ancient practice of monasticism Sunshine and Shadows to a community of celibate men whose days are centered around a rigid schedule of prayer work and scripture This is Two Wings to Veil My Face that poet Kathleen Norris asks us as somewhat The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd to her own surprise she. 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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. I was rather uneasy with this book although I did manage to struggle through to the endThere were a few definite mentions of Orthodox Christianity when referring to ancient saints but everything else was the black and white ProtestantCatholic divide I don t know about many Protestant monastic communities but there are several Orthodox monasteries in the United States While I stop short of insisting she be completely inclusive I thought it odd that Orthodoxy was relegated to antiuity but for a few brief mentionsShe seemed like a very scatter brained art teacher waving her arms with flowy sleeves and talking about the Poetry of CreationBut she didn t really talk about Christ or God much That mostly clinched the I don t like this book feeling Granted it s a difficult subject to write about well but she kept approaching it and she s already set the scope of the book as Benedictine monastic experience and then nothing of any depth for meI feel kinda bad like I m giving a harsh critiue to a fifth grader s poem about his dog who died Oh well

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About the Author: Kathleen Norris

Kathleen Norris was born on July 27 1947 in Washington DC She grew up in Honolulu Hawaii as well as on her maternal grandparents’ farm in Lemmon South Dakota Her sheltered upbringing left her unprepared for the world she encountered when she began attending Bennington College in Vermont At first shocked by the unconventionality surrounding her Norris took refuge in poetry After she grad