Choosing to live in a hermitage called an ashram in their quest for a sustained natural high during the hippie years, many young Americans quit their jobs or dropped out of college to go live with their guru. For the eight young residents of a rundown mountain farm and their unorthodox woman swami in Ashram, a single day presents life-changing experiences. What they encounter is far more than the daily sun salutations and meditation. Dealing with one another and their subsistence lifestyle leads to upheavals and personal strife. Cleaning the chicken coops, pulling weeds, or chopping firewood opens crucial spiritual revelations. In this household, everything they've known gets turned upside down, even before doing headstands. While focusing on transcendence, what they really learn is the nitty-gritty of life itself – and the inner workings of each other.
James Gibbons was a popular, inclusive figure in the American Catholic Church, rising through the ranks as a bishop, archbishop, and cardinal over the course of his service. In the abidingly popular volume The Faith of Our Fathers, Gibbons sets forth the chief tenets, beliefs, doctrines, and practices of Catholicism in a clear and straightforward…
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