Alicia von Stamwitz (Ramírez de Arellano) is an award-winning writer and longtime publishing professional. She worked most recently with Franciscan Media as a book acquisitions editor and foreign rights manager. Her freelance essays and articles have appeared in The New York Times, Publishers Weekly,The Sun, America, Broadview, and St. Anthony Messenger. Her exclusive interviews and profiles of today's most influential spiritual leaders are published internationally. She was born in Havana, Cuba, and now lives in Missouri with her family.
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7-minute video documentary: "BEYOND FERGUSON"
Live interview with spiritual writer Ron Rolheiser at Los Angeles Religious Education Congress 2017
Austrian-born Benedictine monk David Steindl-Rast is one of the most influential and beloved spiritual teachers of our time. His newest book, compiled and edited by Alicia von Stamwitz, draws heavily on Buddhist teachings to cultivate the practice of “deep” listening: turning away from noise and distraction, paying attention, and embracing quiet.
Brother David was one of the first Roman Catholics to participate in Buddhist-Christian dialogue, studying under Zen teachers and building bridges between religious traditions. The Way of Silence embraces paradox: absence versus presence in silence. Dynamic tranquility. The all-oneness of aloneness.
Publishers Weekly writes in their review, "The Benedictine monk offers deep insight into prayer in a fetching opening chapter that he ties to a variety of personal experiences as well as reflections on the Trinity. He nimbly makes connections and plumbs observations of everyday things, as the title promises. The book is like a buffet of small plates, best savored chapter by chapter. "
Author Anne Lamott says, "I love Brother David Steindl-Rast, and all of his work."
Selected with an Introduction by Alicia von Stamwitz
“We do not wake up in this world calm and serene, having the luxury of choosing to act or not act. We wake up crying, on fire with desire, with madness. What we do with that madness is our spirituality.”—Ronald Rolheiser
Ronald Rolheiser, a Catholic priest and theologian, is one of the most popular and influential spiritual writers today. Through such bestselling books as The Holy Longing and Sacred Fire, as well as his syndicated column, “In Exile,” he has shown an ability to outline a healthy Christian spirituality that relates to the deep desires, anxieties, and hopes of ordinary people living in the world.
This collection of his essential writings, which draws in large part on his columns, first outlines the “holy longing” that underlies all spirituality. He then outlines the elements of a “generative,” or fruitful spiritual life, including prayer, suffering and death, love and justice, faith and doubt.
Fr. James Martin, SJ, writes, "A superb collection of the writings of Ronald Rolheiser, one of the great spiritual masters of our time. Ron has the great gift of making difficult spiritual concepts and goals crystal clear. His writings have helped me so much."
Barbara Brown Taylor writes, "If you buy this book, as I hope you will, do your best to resist drinking it down in one gulp. Sip it slowly instead, as you would sip the finest wine, because that is the flavor of these essential writings. Ron Rolheiser has been a priest for two-thirds of his life. That is his terroir, which is why he can write about everything from sex to social justice to death with such comfort and grace—and why he cares enough about his readers to take on those subjects at all. Nothing human is foreign to him. Like the God he serves, he sees all and seals it with a kiss."
National Catholic Reporter writes in their review: "Do you want to experience a mature, healthy, dynamic spirituality? Read Ronald Rolheiser, priest, theologian, teacher, author of 16 books and 2,000 columns, and a retreat leader and prolific speaker. Whether you are a devotee of Rolheiser or a Rolheiser neophyte, his Essential Spiritual Writings will convince you that his humane, accessible and hopeful spirituality make him an important contemporary writer.