For Mother’s Day, the kids got me a great gift. It is a leather bound book entitled Wellsprings of Faith, published by Barnes & Noble, Inc. It contains the following books all in one green leather cover with gilt edged pages and a gold satin ribbon bookmark:

The Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis

The Interior Castle by St. Teresa of Avila

The Dark Night of the Soul by St. John of the Cross

I have begun to read St. Teresa’s work. It is quite moving and I am sure I will be sharing some of her thoughts in the coming days.

Also in the reading pile is Fr. Sophrony’s work St. Silouan the Athonite.

Lastly, I went to the college bookstore and picked up the required texts for my Philosophy class. It should be an interesting class. The texts include:

Aristole’s Nicohmean Ethics
Plato’s The Trial and Death of Socrates
and some generic textbook on the Introduction to Philosophy

I’ve read Plato’s piece before in a Western Civ class at a Christian college. It will be interesting to read it again and discuss it in a class at a secular college. I’m already cranky about it all! LOL! LOL!

Better start praying for the hubster!


3 thoughts on “Reading

  1. I would be interested to know what your priest has to say about The Imitation of Christ, The Interior Castle, and The Dark Night of the Soul. Of the three, I’d be most interested in The Interior Castle, mostly because I have such a high regard for the spiritual focus of St. Teresa of Avila — anybody who has the guts to tell off our Lord impresses me!

    As for philosophy: You may be surprised to find that on second reading, you bring a lot deeper perspective to Plato and Aristotle. Getting a bit older has that effect, I find. πŸ˜‰

  2. He he. Prayers for the hubster: and you and your work load!

    What a wondrous compendium. I haven’t read The Imitation of Christ, though it’s on my want-list. I loved The Interior Castle and The Dark Night of the Soul — and return to them often. I’m very much into that style of theology and prayer — The Cloud of Unknowing is another similar work, from an unknown English monk.

    And, oddly enough, two friends have recommended St. Silouan the Athonite to me this week — with you being the third in the space of 5 days, do you think there’s a hint in there? πŸ™‚

  3. LOL prayers for hubby going up!

    I’ve read “Imitation..” and loved it at the time and would love to read “Dark Night…” I can’t wait to read your thoughts on them.

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