Kathleen Norris' most refreshing book to date and part of a longer work in progress, The Quotidian Mysteries
addresses the spiritual value derived from the performance of quotidian, or daily, tasks with equanimity and patience. The author asserts that such tasks are a necessary part of spiritual health, writing, ''When human beings try to 'do everything at once and for all and be through with it,' we court acedia, self-destruction and death... Modern psychology does not always know what to make of mystery, but it is in agreement with the psychology of the ancient desert monastics in recognizing that depression is often the flip side of anger.... and it manifests itself as the sloth of disobedience, a refusal to keep us in good relationship to God and to each other.'' For readers who have been entranced by Kathleen Norris's poetic spiritual writings and yet sometimes felt impatient with the eclecticism of her sources, this book marks a significant shift. 104 pp.
An Eighth Day View:
The bestselling author of The Cloister Walk reflects on the sanctifying possibilities of everyday work and how God is present in worship and liturgy as well as in ordinary life. Definitely not "for women only."