Poustinia: Christian Spirituality of the East for Western Man

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Poustinia The modern spiritual classic for those seeking the open heart and listening soul of a silent contemplation.
Poustinia, a Russian word, means desert , a place to meet Christ in silence, solitude and prayer. Catherine Doherty combines her insights into the great spiritual traditions of the Russian Church with her very personal experience of life with Christ.

Men and women who desire communion with God can discover how the poustinia powerfully fulfills their yearning. Readers are invited to leave the noise and harried pace of daily life to enter a place of silence and solitude. Catherine writes from her own experience with refreshing and startling Christian authenticity and a strong personal sense of spiritual authority.

Catherine emphasizes poustinia of the heart, an interiorized poustinia, a silent chamber carried always and everywhere in which to contemplate God within. Learn how our desert can be in the marketplace, in the midst of countless conferences, traffic jams, bus trips or a hospital ward. Written by one who knows by experience, Poustinia brings consolation with its vision of a personal desert that can bloom in simple, profound prayer.

A timeless best-seller, published in 16 foreign editions around the world, Poustinia won the prestigious French Academy Award. The experience of poustinia has become a worldwide phenomenon following its publicity through this popular book.

Read by Father Émile Brière, a priest of Madonna House who is eminently suited for this oral presentation, since he was at the author s side from the very beginning of her inspiration to bring this spirituality to the Western world from her native Russia. Father Brière brings to the reading his own experience of living as a poustinik in his later years, and his deep understanding of Poustinia allows him to draw out the full meaning of Catherine s words. 6 CDs (compact discs), 5 hrs. 30 mins. Extended abridgement.

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Catherine Doherty used her heritage as a Russian Christian as a matrix for responding to the needs of Christian life and work in the modern world. Her own personal pilgrimage led her to be poor with the poor Christ in the slums of Toronto and in Harlem; and later to the establishing of the world-wide Madonna House Apostolate. A dedicated wife and mother, Catherine was also a prolific writer of hundreds of articles, a best-selling author of dozens of books, a renowned national speaker, and a pioneer of social justice. Catherine Doherty s cause for canonization as a saint is now under consideration by the Catholic Church.

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Pouistinia, a Russian word for spiritual retreat, also means a sparse, intense place for solitary meditation and prayer. Catherine Doherty was a Russian Orthodox Catholic who survived WWI and then moved to Canada. She started the West's first poustinia in 1962 to create a peaceful location conducive to deepening people's faith. Her dear friend, Father Émile-Marie Brière, reads the program in a conversational manner with a slight Russian accent. Although slightly animated at times, especially later in the program, Father Brière mainly drones. This is important material for Christians, but its delivery would have been improved by two tapes rather than four. A.G.H. © AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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