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Abba, give me a word! So young monks and visitors to desert monasteries would often address an 'elder' at the beginning of the fourth century. These seekers believed that a word originating outside the self would descend into the heart and give direction to one's inner life. Enzo Bianchi has tried to let himself be guided by the biblical and patristic tradition in Words of Spirituality, his response to the requests of those who ask him for 'a reason for his hope' These 'words' of Fr Bianchi are not listed alphabetically or by theme. Rather they are arranged to take us on a journey. Through the use of allusions and cross-references, one term evokes another, explains it in part, and sets aside some elements of its definition to be taken up further on. At the heart of the book is the conviction that our life has meaning: it is not our task to invent or determine that meaning, but simply to discover it - present and active - in and around us.
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"- '... a really remarkable and lively dialogue between the depths of monastic tradition and the complex human reality of the new millennium. Succinct, accessible and searching, it deserves to become a classic.' Rowan Williams, Archbishop of WalesSynopsis:
'Abba, tell me a word!' So would an 'elder' often be addressed at the beginning of the fourth century by young monks and visitors to desert monasteries. It is in this tradition that Enzo Bianchi writes, in response to requests from brothers, sisters and guests of his community who ask him for 'a reason for his hope'. These 'words' are not listed alphabetically or by theme, but arranged to take us on a journey, through the use of a method of allusions and cross-references in which one term evokes another. At the heart of the book is the conviction that our life has meaning, that it is not our task to invent or determine it, but simply to discover it present and active in us and around us.
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