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Publisher's Summary

Beloved author, elder, and wisdom holder Sister Joan Chittister invites listeners into a rich landscape of questions and topics illuminating to those of many traditions.

How do we face unbearable hurt and struggle?

When we feel lost, alone, and in despair, how do we spark the divine fire within?

What are our unique gifts, and to what purpose are we meant to use them?

For over four decades, Sister Joan Chittister has inspired countless readers and listeners to expand the nature of their faith - to live wider, deeper, and more fully engaged in a world that needs us.

Recorded at Mount St. Benedict Monastery, these immersive conversations speak to a wealth of topics relevant to contemplative Catholics, Christians, and anyone seeking inspiration from a wise and heartful fellow traveler on the spiritual path. With her, listeners will explore how to embrace the hidden gifts of struggle and regret, clarify our purpose, and experience the last third of our lives more richly.

Here, Sister Joan puts special emphasis on the "prophetic spirituality" of Jesus: his mission not only as a healer but as a prophet - one who perceives and takes action in the face of injustice and inequality.

"God created the world, but God did not complete it," she reflects. "That task is left to you and me." With Catching Fire, we are invited to embark on our own journey of self-transformation - and to transform, in turn, everyone and everything we encounter.

Topic highlights: 

  • How our purpose unfolds - both intentionally and organically
  • Prayer as a means to see the world as God sees it
  • How courage arises out of a contemplative life
  • How our challenges strengthen, soften, and deepen us
  • Prophetic spirituality - contending with injustice and standing for equality and compassion
  • On aging well with self-confidence and grace
  • The wisdom of Teresa of Avila, Catherine of Siena, and other women mystics
  • Experiencing every moment as a holy moment, and more

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2020 Sister Joan Chittister (P)2020 Sounds True

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Full of wisdom

If you are yearning for answers to large questions, want to contemplate what religion is all about and if you are looking for spark in your life this is worth listening to.

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  • 03-06-21

Prophetic Wisdom!

Sr. Joan embodies the long wisdom of Christ the Prophet, and calls us back to Truth itself. Thankful for her words, slaking my thirst for Living Water.

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for eyes that want to see; ears that want to hear

Lights shine brighter. Hearts beat stronger. Educated by Benedictine sisters in Erie PA. Grateful 🙏

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  • 02-11-21

One of the best books I have ever come across

This book should be read (heard) by everyone. If you are a Christian then you need to listen. If you care for your community then you need to listen to it. The wisdom of both Sister Chittister and the insightful questions and comments of the interviewer are amazing. I was moved in so many practical ways. Maybe if we had more people like Sister Chittister in key leadership positions of our communities we wouldn't have the polarised, troubled world we are. The intelligence, strength, resilience and wisdom gained from a life of living for the betterment of all comes through in every word.

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  • 06-17-22

Simple and accessible wisdom

This was a wonderful program full of simple ideas that can have a profound impact on everyday living. Beautiful spiritual teaching from a wise old woman. Tami Simon also excellent facilitator of inquiry

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What we all need to hear.

I can listen to Sister Joan for hours. We are so blessed to have this enlighten grounded woman in our time.

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  • 10-11-20

Do yourself a favour!

One of the wisest, pragmatic, inspirational spiritual leaders I have listened to in a long time! Thoroughly recommend.

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stunning

fascinating interview with a true spiritual teacher of our time. highly recommend. thought-provoking and challenging