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Cloister and community : life within a Carmelite monastery

Author: Mary Jo Weaver
Publisher: Bloomington : Indiana University Press, 2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Imagine a medieval castle with a Web site. The Carmelite monastery of Indianapolis has strong towers, heavy oak doors and hand-wrought iron fittings, and hallways marked off by heavy chains where light comes in through mauve-colored windows. It also has a bank of computers linked together in a LAN and a Web site, words that were not in the vocabulary of Saint Teresa of Avila, the sixteenth-century Spanish mystic  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Teresa, of Avila Saint; Teresa, of Avila Saint
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Mary Jo Weaver
ISBN: 0253341841 9780253341846
OCLC Number: 49277418
Description: xi, 113 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm
Contents: CREATING SACRED SPACE --
A FEW ROOMS/A FEW SISTERS --
CONTENT WITH LITTLE --
NEVER OUT/NEVER SEEN --
MOVING STILLNESS --
A DOOR TO THE UNIVERSE
Responsibility: Mary Jo Weaver.
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