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It was composed for John, the Abbot of Raithu, which is a monastery situated on Meditations on the Way of the Cross Stations. Saint Francis of Assisi was an Italian Catholic friar and preacher. He founded the men's Franciscan Order, the women's Order of St. I have not read a book that brought me such spiritual joy in years. Every story, every chapter, and my soul soared. It is not an exaggeration to say that my prayer flowed better these last few days, while being inspired by this book, than it typically does.
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The book is, as Elder Porphyrios would say, a walk down the ascetic path of joy. Matushka has divided the book into 33 knots, or chapters, bringing to mind the 33 knot prayer rope that many Orthodox Christians wear on their wrists to remind us to pray throughout each day.
Within each chapter is a series of vignettes. These stories are varied — scenes from her visits to the monastery, talks with holy elders and the nuns, work, reflections, remembrances. These vignettes are presented to us very simply; we are allowed to be there during the events and conversations.
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We become very fond especially of the nuns, but of all the people we are introduced to in our reading. Having my degree in Literature and this being a book review I will also offer the opinion that the book is beautifully written. Matushka has a style of writing that is very fluid. Her sentences flow smoothly together, as do the stories and the chapters. Pulled, but very willingly. Potentially confusing things are explained without distracting, allowing the stories to be at the forefront at all times.
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