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Beginning Again: Benedictine Wisdom for Living With Illness [Paperback]

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Pages   132
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.54" Width: 5.52" Height: 0.32"
Weight:   0.39 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2004
Publisher   Morehouse Publishing
ISBN  0819219657  
EAN  9780819219657  

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A practical resource for those who know little about St. Benedict and his Rule of Life, with exercises to help readers discover how to live with God at the center of their lives and illnesses. Useful for those living with illness, and for the clergy, counselors, and spiritual directors who care for them.

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In 1995 Mary Earle was hospitalized with acute pancreatitis. When she was able to return home, she still faced a long recovery. She had to stay in bed most of the time, and eating was difficult some days. The busy life she had always known was gone, and she had to begin again. Like others who suffer from serious or chronic conditions, Mary Earle found that living with illness can require major adjustments in life. Using St. Benedict's ancient Rule--his way of ordering the life and days of religious communities--Beginning Again teaches readers how to discern a rule of life that helps them with changes in resting and activity levels, with food restrictions, and requirements for medicine or medical treatment. The ancient Benedictine concepts of stability, obedience, and conversion can help anyone living with illness, even those who are dying. Beginning Again is a practical resource, written for those who know little about St. Benedict and his Rule of Life, with exercises to help readers discover how to live with God at the center of their lives and illnesses. It is useful for those living with illness, and for clergy, counselors, and spiritual directors who care for them.

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More About Mary C. Earle

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Mary C. Earle, an Episcopal priest, retreat leader and spiritual director, is the author of Julian of Norwich: Selections from Revelations of Divine Love Annotated & Explained; The Desert Mothers: Spiritual Practices from the Women of the Wilderness and Celtic Christian Spirituality: Essential Writings Annotated and Explained; she co-authored Holy Companions: Spiritual Practices from the Celtic Saints and Praying with the Celtic Saints. In addition to four books on the spirituality of living with illness, she has written for She has been introducing the writings of Julian in seminary classes, retreats and conferences for over twenty years.

Mary C. Earle is available to speak on the following topics:

The Weaving of Heaven and Earth: Celtic Christian Spirituality for Today Befriending: The Heart of Celtic Prayer and Practice The Book of Creation The Desert Mothers The Gift of Divine Rhythms: Sabbath Rest

Mary C. Earle currently resides in San Antonio.

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A guide for making major changes in one's life  Jan 12, 2005
Written by an Episcopal priest and survivor of acute pancreatitis, Beginning Again: Benedictine Wisdom for Living with Illness is a guide for making major changes in one's life to accomodate the requirements of daily living with a serious or chronic condition. Author Mary C. Earle applied St. Benedict's ancient Rule of ordering the life and days of religious communities to apply the structure and stability needed by anyone who must follow strict guidelines for living with illness. From complicated medicinal regimes to the importance of regular exercise and healthy diet to making time in one's life for prayer and submission to God's will, Beginning Again is a profound self-help guide, acutely spiritual, embracing God's love and championing the power of the human spirit.
Again and Again  Dec 15, 2004
In this inspired book, Mary Earle--spouse, mother, Episcopal priest, spiritual director--views the exigencies of chronic illness in relation to the gifts and graces to be found along the Benedictine spiritual path. Herself a victim of chronic (and sometimes excruciatingly painful) pancreatitis, Earle readily and wisely links such very real practicalities of patient life as treatment schedules, medication regimens, nutrition, rest, and exercise with Benedictine "listening with the ear of the heart," mindfulness, lectio divina, stability, letting go, "dying and rising" on a daily basis, humility and obedience, ongoing conversion, prayer, and spiritual companionship. The illness thus becomes the spur to spiritual growth in the gentle, balanced "way" of St. Benedict. Very helpful suggestions for reflection and prayer are included. Patients and their caregivers will want to consult this splendid resource, again and again.
Beginning Again  Nov 30, 2004
Mary Earle takes a difficult situation at best and turns it into a rich blessing from God. Whether you are learning to live with illness, living with someone who is, learning to live free of illness, or simply living life, she uses the Rule of St. Benedict to teach us how to live that life simply. We can all learn from Mary's journey how to enrich our own spiritual journeys.

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