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Author: Mary Margaret Funk
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Publisher: Continuum; 1 edition (December 1, 1998)
Pages: 144

Thoughts Matter: The Practice of the Spiritual Life by Mary Margaret Funk

Thoughts Matter book. Sister Mary Margaret Funk explains the theory and practice of dealing with mindless thoughts developed by the great fourth-century monk John Cassian. She interprets the techniques in a contemporary way suitable for lay persons who are serious about the spiritual life.

Mary Margaret Funk is a Benedictine nun of Our Lady of Grace Monastery, Beech Grove, Indiana, USA. From 1994 through 2004, she served as executive director of Monastic Interreligious Dialogue, which fosters dialogue among monastics of the world's religions. In addition to her books Thoughts Matter, Tools Matter, Humility Matters, Islam Is, and Into the Depths, chapters by her have appeared in The Gethsemani Encounter, Benedict's Dharma, Purity of Heart, and Transforming Suffering. Currently she maintains her web page, megfunk. com, to provide further support for her readers.

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Thoughts Matter challenges the serious reader to examine the nature of the thoughts that are constantly playing through the mind - like a non-stop tape recording! While we can't always control the thoughts that pop up in our heads, we can certainly decide which ones we want to spend time with and which ones can only do harm to ourselves and others. Thanks for alowing me to drink from that wisdom: John Cassian's and yours.

by Funk, Mary Margaret. Publication date 1998. Topics Cassian, John, ca. 360-ca. 435, Catholic Church, Deadly sins, Spiritual life. Publisher New York : Continuum. Collection printdisabled; inlibrary; ; americana. Strengthening the spiritual life. by Ferré, Nels F. S. (Nels Frederick Solomon), 1908-1971. A book of life : embracing Judaism as a spiritual practice. by Strassfeld, Michael.

Mary Margaret Funk, OSB, is an American writer and advocate of interreligious dialogue. Her published works include a trilogy of books on "The Practice of the Spiritual Life". In 1993 Funk spoke at the Parliament of the World's Religions. From 1994-2004 she was Executive Director of the Monastic Interreligious Dialogue Board, which coordinates the organization that aims to foster interreligious and intermonastic dialogue.

Funk draws on the list of the eight thoughts which provided the basis for the medieval Seven Deadly Sins.

Thoughts Matter The Practice of the Spiritual Life. Mary Margaret Funk, OSB, is director of the School of Lectio Divina at Benedict Inn, Beech Grove Indiana. From 1994 through 2004, she served as executive director of Monastic Interreligious Dialogue, which fosters dialogue among monastics of the world’s religions. In addition to her books Thoughts Matter and Tools Matter, chapters by her have appeared The Gethsemani Encounter, Benedict’s Dharma, Purity of Heart, and Transforming Suffering.

the practice of spiritual life. by Mary Margaret Funk. Published 1998 by Continuum in New York. John Cassian (ca.

Sister Mary Margaret Funk explains the theory and practice of dealing with mindless thoughts developed by the great fourth-century monk John Cassian. She interprets the techniques in a contemporary way suitable for lay persons who are serious about the spiritual life.
Reviews: 7
Somewhere C. S Lewis says that we too often blame the body for our inordinate passions, when in fact it is the thoughts that we entertain and cultivate that lead "brother ass" down the wrong road. While I am not an expert on the spiritual/psychological life, I am someone who has been attempting to be human for some time and this book is always a great resource to cut to the heart of the matter, which almost always comes back to thoughts.
The book is blunt and to the point, all the time. Although every chapter will not be something that you struggle with, and perhaps only one will apply to you, that one will help you clarify your situation and strengthen your resolve to acquire the mind of Christ. Yet I still find that life is a juggling act, with things always in motion, in and out of balance, and totally interrelated. So in this sense all of the passions are connected. They don't reside in nice little compartments with locks on the doors and peep holes that we can look into as we please. They have a way of overwhelming, overflowing and generally seeking to be dominant. And where one goes so do the others. So this book helps me not keep things in check (that white-knuckling it never works long term) but rather to cultivate the joy of a balanced life in Christ where His grace and will come to be my will. It's the actual meaning of the prayer, "Lord, give to me the desires of my heart", meaning, put your own desires within me. Well, a work in progress anyway and this book helps a great deal.

While not exactly the same style, these books have been useful to me in this regard: The Mountain of Silence: A Search for Orthodox Spirituality,The Screwtape Letters: With Screwtape Proposes a Toast,Father Arseny, 1893-1973: Priest, Prisoner, Spiritual Father : Being the Narratives Compiled by the Servant of God Alexander Concerning His Spiritual Father and Encountering the Depths: Prayer, Solitude, and Contemplation.
Based on the classic ascetic practises of the patristic era, and on their application in the Rule of Benedict, this book sets forth clear, solid, far-reaching insights which would enrich the life of anyone seeking to grow in the spiritual life.
Sister Mary Margaret expresses the principles simply yet with great depth, and, in a style enormously refreshing for the "self-esteem" era (her comments on that concept are very telling), does so with great honesty. She does not qualify the wisdom of two millennia in an attempt to be unwisely "relevant" to the reader. She has no qualms about showing that the Christian ascetic vocation is an endless period of growth, though her expressing how practising discipline of thoughts leads to results unaware will undoubtedly be strengthening during times of struggle.
The only aspect which those new to the topic must keep in mind is that this volume, short though it is, is not meant to be skimmed nor read hurriedly. It is the stuff of the lectio divina to which the early chapters refer - intended for quiet, reflective, prayerful reading. Much of the best material (for example, the sections regarding sex and vainglory) can be missed if one is reading only "key words," without attention to the overall picture which places it into focus.
I have had a deep interest in ascetic theology for thirty years, and am well acquainted with many great writings in that area. I can honestly say that this book is one of the best of contemporary treatments of the subject.
This plainly written book can help you overcome the daily struggles that prevent you from developing a strong relationship with God.
First the author identifies the eight objects of self-centered thought we must learn to control: food, sex, things, anger, dejection, acedia (spiritual dryness), vainglory, and pride. She then describes how these thoughts, when uncontrolled, progressively undermine our spiritual awareness to the point of becoming soul-deadening obsessions. Finally, she explains how we can overcome these distracting thoughts and instead center on thoughts in harmony with God's will. By doing so, we are able to experience the joys of hope and freedom, no longer enslaved by our appetites.
Funk does an excellent job of translating some complex spiritual concepts into plain English. And, to illustrate good and bad thought patterns, she cites examples that will sound (uncomfortably) familiar to people of all ages and vocations. It's hard to imagine people reading this book and not wanting to seriously reevaluate their attitudes toward toward their own thoughts.
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The first in a series of books on Christian spirituality. Should be read by those tempted to abandon Christian spiritual it for alternatives. This is solid, practical, exposition and clarification of traditional teachings of the desert fathers (and mothers) for people living daily life on the world.
How I LOVE this wonderful woman! Many years ago her books really lifted me up during a difficult period of my life and gave me the strength to strive to be independent of all save God. I was just recommending her books to a friend of mine who is going through a separation from her husband so that she might get that same inspiration in her life. I am a Baha'i and I learned so much from Sister Meg that helped me deepen and appreciate my Baha'i practices. LOVE LOVE LOVE especially "Thoughts matter" and "Tools Matter". I would read them again but I gave all my copies of these books to others who needed them.
Probably should be required reading for anyone over 40 who likes Emmet Fox. Rarely have I found so many jewels in one book. Baltasar Gracian would love Sr. Funk.
Challenging and well researched this book will interest the serious student/practitioner of a prayerful spiritual life.