Walking in Valleys of Darkness

A Benedictine Journey through Troubled Times

Albert Holtz, O.S.B.

Feb/2011, 128 Pages, PAPERBACK, 5 x 7

ISBN-13: 9780819227393



How do we deal with and attempt to understand God’s presence and overarching love for us when life goes wrong, when we encounter difficulties and tragedies?

This noted Benedictine monk and priest shares his personal journeys through troubled times, using the discipline of meditating on single words of Scripture from the New Testament. He skilfully translates from Greek to English to reveal these “buried treasures” with multiple nuances of meaning that give light along difficult paths in life.

Meditations are followed by questions for reflection, further examples from Scripture, and a quote from the Rule of Saint Benedict to aid the reader. 


      I.    My World Falls Apart: The Closing of Saint Benedict’s Prep 

     II.    Learning to Let Go: Knee Surgery

    III.    Getting Hollowed Out: The Death of My Brother Bob

   IV.    My Turn with The Monster: Cancer Surgery 

    V.    Welcoming Mystery: Our Community Grows Smaller

   VI.    The Key to Troubled Times: the Paschal Mystery



Albert Holtz, O.S.B. is a Benedictine monk of Newark Abbey, Newark, New Jersey, working in the monastery's inner-city prep school, where he teaches New Testament. He has served as master of novices for 25 years and as a retreat master for Benedictine communities around the United States. He is the author of Downtown Monks, From Holidays to Holy Days, and Walking in Valleys of Darkness, all from Morehouse.

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