Spiritual Letters




"What we cannot accept is that we are the beloved, or, to put it more concretely, that I am the beloved.  God longs for me.  He presses on my heart with a tender, humble, hunger for me.  He wants to posses me: when I let Him, it is prayer." --Sister Wendy Beckett

Apart from her celebrity status as "the art nun," fueled by her popular television programs and prolific writing, Sister Wendy has been approached throughout her life for counsel on the spiritual life and the life of prayer.  Here, for the first time, are collected some of the finest of her responses in the form of letters, kept and treasured by their recipients over the years.  Sister Wendy herself has written a charming and very personal autobiographical preface in which she sets these letters in their context.  This little bok is a treasure trove of wisdom and sound, simple advice.

"This is a chance to read the letters of a living mystic.  It is a privilege to be given access to the personal writings of Sister Wendy.  To read her letters is to enter the depths of her intense relationship with God.  The letters are an honest, entertaining, wisdom-filled excursion into the thinking of a person who is not only an acclaimed art critic but also a trusted guide on the path of mystical prayer." --Catholic Press Association

Sister Wendy Beckett  (1930-2018) was a South-African born contemplative hermit and consecrated virgin who lived on the grounds of a Carmelite convent in Quidenham, England. An avid student of art, she became an international sensation after the BBC produced a series of programs in which she traveled around the world visiting art museums and commenting on what she saw. This was followed by scores of books, many on art history, as well as others on more spiritual themes, including Sister Wendy's Bible Treasury, Real Presence, and Encounters with God.

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Spiritual Letters
Sister Wendy Beckett
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