The Shattered Lantern

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The Shattered Lantern

Rediscovering a Felt Presence of God

In this Catholic Press award-winner, Ronald Rolheiser, author of The Holy Longing, looks at how atheism and disbelief has crept into our world and how, in the face of it, we can restore the shattered lantern and bring back the light of God.

It’s increasingly difficult to find spiritual meaning in our busy, fragmented days. While in the past religion was a central, vital part of quotidian life, now it is something that we may or may not make time for, as an extra. We have a sense that an experience of God might have been relevant historically, but in current times, pursuing personal goals of achievement and upward mobility take all of our focus.

Is the distance that we feel from God our fault or God’s? While Rolheiser suggests that a sense of alienation from God may be a testing and purifying of our faith, there is much that we can do to open ourselves to a connection with the divine.

Ronald Rolheiser encourages a shift of consciousness and cultivation of contemplation as the means to a living relationship with God. His words help us access wonder and awe and begin to recognize the presence of God in our lives.

Reviews and endorsements

"In The Shattered Lantern: Rediscovering a Felt Presence of God, Ronald Rolheiser presents three contemplative traditions within Western Christianity which can be catalysts for everyday spirituality. Tapping into these resources we move beyond contemporary blocks to God such as narcissism, pragmatism, and restlessness. Rolheiser, a Catholic, believes that contemplation gives us methods to focus our awareness, to purify the heart, and to renew our sense of wonder. This book gives us reason to rejoice in ancient spiritual tools which can serve us well in the future."
Frederic A. Brussat, Values & Visions


“Clear and readable. Rolheiser knows the spiritual terrain like few others. Read and be astonished.”
Richard Rohr, author of Everything Belongs

9780824522759
Paperback / 192 pages
Dimensions: 5 3/8 x 8 1/4
CROSSROAD, 2005