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to a life of intense contemplative prayer, the Carthusian monks guard
their solitude jealously and rarely allow visitors to live with them.
The author of this book, an American priest, was privileged to spend
four months with the Carthusian community in Calabria, Italy, the
resting place of the founder of their order, Saint Bruno. He followed
the daily regimen of the monks and wrote home to family and friends
to share his experiences.
priest's journal allows readers to get a deep sense of what this life
of prayer feels like: he describes distinctive features of the
Carthusian vocation and offers insights gained by a life devoted to
silence and solitude. There are books that explore the Carthusian way
of life, but what makes Report from Calabria different and unique is
that it is more like a series of short notes sent home from a foreign
land, a sketch book rather than a finished canvas. But sketches have
an appeal of their own: they offer a freshness of impressions and can
entice us to study their subject more deeply.
text is accompanied with beautiful photographs of the daily life
followed by the monks of Serra San Bruno. The contemplative vocation
- bracing and yet deeply human - comes alive in this account of four
months in which very little happened but yet a lot was going on. It
is an invitation to readers to not only gain an insight into monastic
life, but to clear some space in our busy lives to encounter God more