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A Monk in the Inner City: The ABCs of a Spiritual Journey

by Mary Lou Kownacki

A Monk in the Inner City: The ABCs of a Spiritual Journey
Publication date: 2008-04-16
ISBN: 9781570757600
Many centuries ago the ancient Desert Fathers and Mothers moved into the wilderness, leaving behind the compulsions of the world in order to draw near to God. For Mary Lou Kownacki, a Benedictine nun and long-time peacemaker, her wilderness is the inner city of Erie, Pennsylvania, surrounded by poor families trying to survive and keep hope alive amidst drugs, violence, and despair. From this outpost on the margins, she observes the world in poetic meditations, written with the passion of a prophet and the heart of a mystic. "I write about days when spiritual security, not fear, was a neighborhood s gift to children. It is one way of trying to stretch my monk s robe until it embraces the suffering world.Mary Lou Kownacki