A LIVING GOSPEL: Reading God's Story in Holy Lives
Just as Ellsberg drew inspiration from Dorothy Day, he hopes that the examples of other people's lives can inspire his readers. For this reason, he has published several books about people who found joy and purpose in more than just material possessions. Ellsberg feels that a big problem in modern society is that people seek happiness in the wrong places.
"The kind of happiness I describe in my book involves our effort to move away from the surface of life where we usually live and where we try to find our happiness through distraction, breaking news, or excitement. It describes an effort to move into the cultivation of an inner life. In that light, the saints did many things. They didn't just sit quietly in their rooms. But they were rooted in a stillness that affected the quality of all their activities."
Resource Person: Robert Ellsberg, MA, is the editor-in-chief since 1987 and publisher of Orbis Books, the publishing arm of Maryknoll. Robert earned a Degree in Religion and Literature, and later a Master's in Theology from Harvard Divinity School. He is the author of several books, many of which have received awards; his “Blessed among All Women: Women Saints, Prophets, and Witnesses for Our Time.” (Crossroad Publications, 2005) tied a Catholic Press Association record by winning awards for Gender, Spirituality, and Popular Presentation of the Catholic Faith. He is the editor of the published diaries and letters of Dorothy Day. Robert was a staff member of Catholic Worker, New York, NY, 1975-1980, and managing editor of the Newspaper, 1976-78.
Robert Ellsberg. A Living Gospel: Reading God’s Story in Holy Lives (Orbis Books, 2019)
Modern Spiritual Masters: Readings on Contemplation and Compassion (Orbis, 2008)
The Saints’ Guide to Happiness (Image Books, 2005)
All Saints: Daily Reflections on Saints, Prophets and Witnesses for Our Time (Crossroad, 1997)
Pope Francis. A Big Heart Open to God: An interview with Pope Francis
https://www.americamagazine.org/faith/2013/09/30/big-heart-open-god-interview-pope-francis (interview: also published in book form, HarperCollins, 2013)