Title: By Way of Grace: Moving from Faithfulness to Holiness
Book Condition: New
Publisher: Loyola Press February 2007
0829423311 / 9780829423310
Seller ID: 20100402170401
An important sequel to Huston's bestselling Holy Way, By Way of Grace picks up where Huston left off: on the verge. Disconcerted with her growing need for solitude and the 'difficult new personality that had invaded' her 'old familiar self,' Huston stops fighting her urge to be alone and embraces what she comes to see as a spiritual transition. As she pares down, time and space open into silence where she recognizes in herself 'a nearly unbearable spiritual thirst.' Though she has remained faithful she is yet untransformed. A refreshingly persistent seeker, Huston digs in and finds her path to transformation converging with Scripture and the saints. By Way of Grace traces the ancient process of Christian transformation through the eight virtues of Prudence, Temperance, Fortitude, Justice, Humility, Faith, Hope, and Charity, pairing each with a contemplative saint (Basil of Caesarea, Gregory the Great, Bernard of Clairvaux, Thomas Aquinas, Teresa of Avila, Francis de Sales, Therese of Lisieux, and the recently beatified Edith Stein). Huston's voice is transparent, humorous, and direct. She acknowledges the path to transformation is often painful and requires active participation to build the spiritual strength necessary to continue the journey ever deeper, and farther. Her discovery echoes that of the monk who found his own praying heart: 'It was like a spring, but one covered by a stone. Then at a certain moment Jesus took the stone away. At that the spring began to flow and has been flowing ever since.' 205 pp.