Words for Silence by Gregory Fruehwirth
A Year of Contemplative Meditations

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Fr. Gregory Fruehwirth, OJN
Preface by Archbishop Desmond Tutu

The contemplative life is for all, not just for a few

In these busy and stressful times, you may long for more silence and peace in your life. But rather than waiting for circumstances to change, you can take to heart the words of Father Gregory Fruehwirth: "The contemplative life and unceasing prayer is about being exactly where you are, aware of the presence of God and quickly and joyfully responsive to God's urgings." In the reflections that follow, this monk and poet will show you how to make substantive changes in your life.

Drawing from the most ancient Christian wisdom, Words for Silence guides you to create more stillness and solitude in your own life, right where you are.

"We are always in God's presence. Father Gregory is urging us to be more conscious of this and to be those who are still because we know that God is God."
-Desmond Tutu, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize

"When we let go of the obsessive search outside ourselves for something to make us happy, when we relax and move fully into the present moment, then we know, however inchoately, that we already possess all that we desire within ourselves. His risen Life is within us."

-from Words for Silence

Underlying these reflections--which are organized according to the Christian liturgical year--is the basic assumption that God has drawn near to each one of us, and that our fulfillment is found in surrendering our lives to that presence and love.

 

About Gregory Fruehwirth

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Desmond Tutu was born October 7, 1931 in Klerksdorp, Transvaal, South Africa. He attended Johannesburg Bantu High School. After leaving school he trained first as a teacher at Pretoria Bantu Normal College and graduated in 1954 from the University of South Africa. After three years as a high school teacher he began to study theology, and was ordained as a priest in 1960. From 1962 to 1966 Tutu devoted his time to further theological study in England at King's College, eventually earning a Master's of Theology. From 1967 to 1972 he taught theology in South Africa before returning to England for three years as the assistant director of a theological institute in London. In 1975 he was appointed Dean of St. Mary's Cathedral in Johannesburg, the first black to hold that position. From 1976 to 1978 he was Bishop of Lesotho, and in 1978 became the first black General Secretary of the South African Council of Churches. Tutu won the Nobel Peace Prize on October 15, 1984 for his role in the opposition to apartheid in South Africa. He was then elected Archbishop of Cape Town in April of 1986, the highest position in the South African Anglican Church. Tutu is also an honorary doctor of a number of universities in the USA, Britain and Germany.
 
Published November 30, 2008 by Paraclete Pr. 206 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality.

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Before author Fruehwirth became Guardian (head) of the Order of Julian of Norwich, an order of Anglican contemplatives, he was the groundskeeper. Rather like Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Ha

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Before author Fruehwirth became Guardian (head) of the Order of Julian of Norwich, an order of Anglican contemplatives, he was the groundskeeper.

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