Grace Revisited: Epiphanies from a Trappist Monk (ACTA Publications: Chicago, 2011)

This anthology of short narrative nonfiction writings celebrates finding God (and meaning) in the ordinary. The author is a gifted writer and storyteller, who looks at his journey first as a parish priest, then as a mid-life Cistercian novice, and finds along with way an assortment of people, places and events that help him reflect on everyday kindnesses, life’s foibles and joys, and how grace (and wonder) shows up in the most down-to-earth and unexpected ways. “Life is grace revisited over and over, a wondrous, mysterious gift that began in the primordial soup and continues until the Creator calls us all home,” he writes. Most of these beautifully crafted vignettes and short stories are not pious in any overt religious sense, but still shimmer with a keenly expressed spiritual insight.

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