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Tantalus and the Pelican : Being Monastic in the World, Paperback / softback Book

Tantalus and the Pelican : Being Monastic in the World Paperback / softback


This is an informative and engaging book about monasticism, its history, practice, and relevance to contemporary life, combining personal insights with sound scholarship.This book combines a detailed and informative exposition of the Christian monastic tradition with the engaging story of a spiritual journey from despair and alcoholism to faith and redemption, via an ashram in India, Buddhism, academia and reality TV.

Beginning with the origins of monasticism in the deserts of Egypt during the 4th century, the book considers some of the essential features of early monastic spirituality, before going on to explore key elements of the Benedictine tradition, drawing out its profoundly counter-cultural message for our times.

In the final section, the narrative turns inwards to focus on the more interior aspects of spirituality - such as prayer and silence - concluding with some reflections on the author's own vocation to the priesthood.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Christian communities & monasticism
  • ISBN: 9781847061119



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