I noticed something today when I visited a small Catholic bookstore in my town.
Every year or so I like to scan carefully the two shelves of bookshelves in this bookstore, seeing what sorts of books the owners select. This is a quite conservative bookstore which also often features displays on Mary. There are many spiritual classics (in the vein of Therese of Lisieux, not Merton), writings by the contemporary pope, and sections divided by sacrament, doctrine, or life topic. There was little by contemporary Benedictines I know — certainly nothing by Joan Chittister or other simultaneously prophetic and spiritual writers who have nurtured my faith for years. Continue Reading