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Barefoot Journeying ~ An Autobiography of a Begging Friar

AshleyCoverJPGAs every good Aristotelian knows, we are social beings and often define each other. An autobiography is an exercise in self-definition, and Fr. Benedict Ashley brings to his own life both the depth of objective analysis he uses in other studies and the subjectivity, grounded in the truths of the Catholic faith and the love for Christ and his Church, that only he can disclose. This is a good book reflecting the life of a truly good man. 

Francis Cardinal George, OMI
Archbishop of Chicago

The Author writes,

“I originally in high school intended to be a poet and, as will be evident in this book, I find poetry, even if it descends to doggerel, can often better express the analogies required by spiritual events better than abstract prose… 

And some of my Dominican brothers are much greater travelers than I, busy not only with lectures, workshops, conventions, meetings, but with baptisms, wed-dings, funerals, often in Latin America, Australia, Japan, India, Africa. We do not trudge on foot as Dominic did, say early biographers, walking barefoot or on clogs, but at least we wait weary in airports wondering why the plane is overdue and whether the snack provided will be more than coffee and peanuts… 

As I completed my eighty‑second birthday it seemed to me that my time of work could not be very much longer. Perhaps the fact that my prior and my pro-vincial at the time asked me to write this memoir was the clearest sign of all to me that a new life lies just beyond the horizon.”

-Benedict M. Ashley, O.P.

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