Tales of a Magic Monastery

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Tales of a Magic Monastery

Here, the charming, mature stories from the internationally beloved monk are accompanied by original art. Like the parables of Jesus, these tales repeatedly unfold new levels of meaning if we are willing to sit with them.

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Father Theophane, an experienced retreat director, uses allegory and parable as a means of revealing the deeper truths of the Christian faith. These writings are intended to stir the conscience and awareness of Christians and to inspire meditation free from wishful thinking and preconceived notions. Illustrated with delicate pen-and-ink sketches.
Booklist Magazine


This lovely book reveals many deep mysteries of life in story form. Theophane, through his monastic experience, and his inner delight, has created a number of tales (all of which are true, so he says). They can be read on many different levels. The meaning is revealed in stages and touch the heart rather than the head. One of my favorites is:


I sat there in awe as the old monk answered our questions. Though I’m usually shy, I felt so comfortable in his presence that I found myself raising my hand. “Father, could you tell us something about yourself?”

He leaned back. “Myself?” he mused. There was a long pause. “My name…used to be…Me. But now…it’s you.
Inner Directions Magazine

“In the tradition of the masters Father Theophane seeks to put us in touch with some of the deepest mysteries of life through the medium of story. Like the parables of Jesus these tales repeatedly unfold new levels of meaning if we are willing to sit with them. The use of the story is the rediscovery of our times and the Monk Theophane (an experienced retreat director and a true spiritual father) is a master of the art.”
M. Basil Pennington, O.C.S.O.

Paperback / 96 pages
Dimensions: 6 x 8