The Twelve Degrees of Silence
Sr. Marie-Aimée de Jésus, O.C.D.
, Lucinda Vardy, Editor, Francoise Reuter, Translator
Publication date: 2014-02-01
Number of pages: 80
A dynamic presentation of a spiritual classic for women and men yearning to be renewed by a silent encounter with God.
The anxiety and stress of life’s busyness leaves many of us thirsting for peace and solitude. We recognize that the constant noise and distraction is not good for our spirits, yet we find it difficult to cultivate moments of silence. We long to experience union with God, yet everything else seems to demand our attention.
Renowned author and spiritual teacher Lucinda Vardey invites us to nurture a spirituality of silence through the words and wisdom of the 19th century spiritual mystic and Carmelite nun Sr. Marie-Aimée de Jésus. A source of inspiration to such spiritual masters and modern saints as Edith Stein, Sr. Marie-Aimée’s reflections guide us on a twelve-movement journey to a silent and intimate union with God. Vardey’s insightful introduction and soul-searching reflections help us to connect and put into practice the wisdom of a classic mystic into our everyday lives.
Sr. Marie-Aimée’s wisdom, together with Vardey’s guidance, will lead spiritual seekers everywhere on an intimate journey to communion with God. Whether prayed over a few weeks or several months, Twelve Degrees of Silence is certain to be a spiritual well of wisdom to draw from for a lifetime.
Sr. Marie-Aimée de Jésus, O.C.D. was born Dorothée Quoniam on January 14, 1839 in Le Rozel, Normandy, France. Her family died when she was very young; at 20 years old, she entered a Carmelite convent under the name of Sister Marie-Aimée de Jésus. When La Vie de Jésus (The Life of Jesus) was published by Ernest Renan in 1863, Sr. Marie-Aimee wrote her own book in reply: Jésus-Christ est le Fils de Dieu (Jesus Christ is the Son of God). An inspiration to those around her and many writers, teachers, and mystics to come, she died of pleurisy on May 4, 1874.
Lucinda Vardey is an acclaimed spiritual teacher and author of award-winning books on contemporary spirituality and writings of holy women. Her books include the compilation of the international bestseller, Mother Teresa's A Simple Path, an anthology of women's prayers The Flowering of the Soul, Traveling with the Saints in Italy: Contemporary Pilgrimages on Ancient Paths, John XXIII: A Saint for the Modern World, and, with her husband John Dalla Costa, Being Generous: The Art of Right Living.
Francoise Reuter was educated in Dominican and Jesuit schools in Marseille. In 1973, she immigrated to Canada, where she taught at the Toronto French School as well as being a private tutor. She is married to classics scholar and philosopher Mark Reuter and lives a quiet, secluded life of contemplation and study of the sacred.