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Discernment Matters

Listening with the Ear of the Heart

Mary Margaret Funk; Afterword by Dom Armand Veilleux, OCSO

Discernment Matters
Discernment Matters

ISBN: 9780814634691, 3469

Details: 256 pgs, 5 x 7
Publication Date: 02/01/2013

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After fifty years of monastic life, prayer, and spiritual direction, Meg Funk knows what it means to listen with the ear of one's heart to the Holy Spirit. In Discernment Matters, she shares what she has learned. This book is a resource for those who want to learn and practice discernment as taught by the early monastic tradition. It includes an accessible summary of teachings about discernment from monastic traditions of late antiquity, consideration of important tools for making decisions today, and practical examples from the lives of St. Benedict and St. Patrick, as well as from the experience of monastics today.

With this fifth volume of the Matters Series, Funk completes one of the most comprehensive presentations of the spiritual life available today, demonstrating why this inner work is both necessary and such a joy.

Mary Margaret Funk is a Benedictine nun of Our Lady of Grace Monastery, Beech Grove, Indiana. From 1994 through 2004, she served as executive director of Monastic Interreligious Dialogue, which fosters dialogue among monastics of the world's religions. In addition to the volumes of the Matters Series, she is the author of Islam Is…: An Experience of Dialogue and Devotion and Into the Depths: A Journey of Loss and Vocation.

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Sister Funk offers the reader a helpful synthesis of the theology and practice of the Christian discernment tradition. Contemporary readers will be gently challenged to examine and reorient the way that they have allowed themselves to develop `the discerning heart.' Funk's story of her personal journey will be helpful to pastors, spiritual guides, and students of the Christian spiritual tradition.
Howard Gray, SJ, Georgetown University

This is a guide for grown-ups, a sophisticated, intricate look at discernment, in the broad sense as: "`the Holy Spirit at work in us."
Carol Schuck Scheiber, Horizon: Journal of the National Religious Vocation Conference

A particular value of Sr. Meg Funk's latest book is that she doesn't speak only in generalities about discernment but gives specific examples of how she and others have gone about making God-centered decisions. In addition, she provides a very helpful summary of the core teachings of classic spiritual writers like Bro. Lawrence of the Resurrection and St. Teresa of Avila.
James Wiseman, OSB, The Catholic University of America, Author of Spirituality and Mysticism: A Global View