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The Prayer of the Presence of God

For nearly a thousand years, monks of the Carthusian Order have withdrawn from the world so they can place themselves in the presence of God. In these pages, the monk Augustin Guillerand reveals the secret of the Carthusian’s remarkable prayer. Obviously, this way of praying excludes quick Our…

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Report From Calabria: A Season With The Carthusian Monks

Devoted to silence, prayer, and austere simplicity, the Carthusian monks guard their solitude jealously and rarely allow visitors to live with them. The author of this book, however, was privileged to spend four months with the Carthusian community in Calabria, Italy, the resting place of the…


The Power of Silence: Against the Dictatorship of Noise

…explains the cardinal in this profound conversation with Nicolas Diat. Within the hushed and hallowed walls of the La Grande Chartreux, the famous Carthusian monastery in the French Alps, Cardinal Sarah addresses the following questions: Can those who do not know silence ever attain truth, beauty,…


Can We Really Pray Unceasingly? 5 Ways to Try

…prayer. Okay, but really? A continuous state of prayer?  There goes my computing brain again, filing away: "Category a. Maybe only applicable to a Carthusian monk living in the Grand Chartreuse in the mountains of France. But not to me, a mom of nine, living in Charlotte, NC." Another lesser known…

Lectio Divina and the Catholic Bible: A Match Made in Heaven

…more fruitful. Lectio divina is an old practice of reading the Catholic Bible typically done by religious orders such as the Benedictines and Carthusians, however, laity can practice it and benefit from it as well. Lectio divina is as old as the third century and is a four step process of reading…

St. Ignatius of Loyola: A Story of God's Triumphant Plan

…year, and during that time he only had access to The Golden Legend, a collection of saint biographies, and The Life of Christ by Ludolph the Carthusian. After reading these books he experienced a radical religious conversion which drastically changed his outlook on life, and left him with a deep…

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