Conversation with Saint Benedict

Author: Terrence Kardong
Publisher: Liturgical Press
ISBN: 0814634192
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In Conversations with Saint Benedict, renowned Benedictine scholar Terrence Kardong considers the interface between the Rule of Benedict and contemporary culture. In several of the chapters, Kardong considers several aspects of modern culture that he considers worrisome, and he tries to look at them in the light of the Rule. In other chapters, he takes up specific aspects of the Rule itself that he finds difficult to deal with. The book, then, is a kind of dialectic, which does not shrink from criticizing both our culture and Benedict's own ideas.

Rule of St Benedict

Author: Benjamin Laird
Publisher: CRC Press
ISBN: 1351351060
Format: PDF, ePub
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The Rule of St Benedict, written around 1500 years ago by the Italian monk St Benedict of Nursia, is a slim handbook for monastic life - a subject many modern readers would regard as relatively niche. It is, however, also a model of the organized and clearly expressed thought produced by good reasoning skills - a mainstay of critical thinking. Reasoning is all about making a good case for something, through logical arguments, neatly and systematically organised. In Benedict's case, his main concern was to lay out a set of rules and practices that would allow monasteries to run as well-organised communities. Communal living presented huge challenges, and yet it was also, Benedict believed, the best way for monks to sustain themselves, their religion, and the learning and teaching that went with it. His Rule laid out concise but detailed chapters on the best way to achieve this, including provisions for all areas of personal and communal discipline, right down to how tasks might be allotted to individual monks. Providing a complete roadmap for successfully running a community, the concise brilliance of The Rule has even been suggested by some business professors as useful model for running small businesses today.

Doing Business with Benedict

Author: Kit Dollard
Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group
ISBN:
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St Benedict (c.480-547) wrote a rule book that for 14 centuries has influenced monastic life throughout the world and continues to guide, spiritually and practically, the Benedictine order. Ampleforth Abbey in Yorkshire has recognised the power of the Rule for guiding life and work in the modern world and has been running courses for business people that explore the value of St Benedict's teaching.

Wisdom Distilled from the Daily

Author: Joan Chittister
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0062284509
Format: PDF
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Wise and enduring spiritual guidelines for everyday living –– as relevant today as when The Rule was originally conceived by St. Benedict in fifth century Rome.

The Rule of Saint Benedict

Author: Bruce L Venarde
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 0674053044
Format: PDF, ePub
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One of the most influential texts in the Middle Ages, The Rule of Saint Benedict offers guidance about both the spiritual and organizational dimensions, from the loftiest to the lowliest, of monastic life. This new Latin-English edition has features of interest for first-time readers of the Rule as well as for scholars of medieval history and language. The Latin text is a transcription of manuscript 914 of the Abbey of St. Gall (Switzerland), an early ninth-century copy regarded as the version that most closely reproduces Benedict's style. The saintâe(tm)s idiom was informal, sometimes conversational, and heavily influenced by the spoken Latin of the sixth century CE. In the Rule his voice and thought processes come through in all their strength and humanity. Readers will find background to the monastic life in the notes. This volume also includes texts and translations of two letters that explain the origins of the St. Gall version as well as an index to all the translated materials.

At Home with Saint Benedict

Author: Mark Alan Scott
Publisher: Liturgical Press
ISBN: 0879070277
Format: PDF, Mobi
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This selection of conferences on Saint Benedicts Rule for Monasteries by the former abbot of Assumption Abbey of Ava, Missouri, was delivered to the brothers there as a way show what Saint Benedict and his sixth-century Rule might have to offer monks of the early twenty-first century. It is hoped that this publication will now speak to men and women outside of the monastic cloister, so they may come to feel at home with Saint Benedict.

The Rule of St i e Saint Benedict

Author: Benedictus (de Nursia)
Publisher: Image
ISBN: 0385009488
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This study on the ancient Rule of St. Benedict contains an invaluable, in-depth Introduction that explores the development and spread of Christian monasticism, a biographical sketch of St. Benedict, and the structure and implementation of his rule.

The Road to Eternal Life

Author: Michael Casey
Publisher: Liturgical Press
ISBN: 0814639542
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In the Prologue of his Rule, St. Benedict maps out the road that leads to heaven; he lays the foundation for life in a community that seeks God. The themes that are present throughout the Rule - obedience, humility, prayer, fear of the Lord, eternal life - are grounded in the Prologue. By reflecting on the Prologue one verse at a time, Michael Casey, OCSO, delves into the richness of meaning that can be found in Benedict's words. These reflections, first given as talks and made available on his community's web site, build a bridge between the sixth-century text and twenty-first-century Christians. In The Road to Eternal Life, Casey invites readers to reflect on the Prologue in light of their own experiences, to seek the road that leads to salvation.

Benedict in the World

Author: Linda Kulzer
Publisher: Liturgical Press
ISBN: 9780814625712
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In Benedict in the World, Linda Kulzer, O.S.B., and Roberta Bondi have gathered stories of many of the ordinary and extraordinary men and women Benedictine oblates?members of the Benedictine family who live in the world. Benedict in the World begins with an introductory chapter citing some reasons for an influx of Benedictine oblates into monasteries today. It then presents in detail a collection of the lives of nineteen significant Benedictine oblates who lived from the years 973 to 2000. Nearly half the contributors are themselves Benedictine oblates and most of the others are professed Benedictine monastics. The combined effort offers support and inspiration to those who have loved their oblate journey and brings to light the lives of these outstanding lay monastics. Among the more well-known oblates included are Dorothy Day, Patrick and Patricia Crowley, Jacques and Raissa Maritain, Walker Percy, H. R. Reinhold, and Elena Cornaro. Chapters are ?Foreword: On Being a Benedictine Oblate,? by Roberta Bondi; ?Introduction,? by Linda Kulzer, O.S.B., ?Monasticism Beyond the Walls,? by Linda Kulzer, O.S.B., ?Carolyn Attneave: Catcher of the Light,? by Paschal A. Morlino, O.S.B.; ?Oblate and Heroine: Elena Lucrezia Scholastica Cornaro Piscopia (1646-1684),? by Ann Kessler, O.S.B.; ?Patrick Crowley: Oblate of St. Benedict,? by Patty Crowley; ?Faith in Action: The Lives of Patrick and Patricia Crowley,? by Margaret Colleton; ?Evelyn Davie?s Dream Deferred,? by Mary Ruth Coffman, O.S.B.; ?Prayer and Work in the Light of Dorothy Day,? by Rita (McClain) Tybor; ?Eric Dean: Presbyterian Pilgrim,? by Phyllis K. Thompson; ?Believing Is Seeing: Frances of Rome, Patron of Benedictine Oblates,? by Susan Anderson Kerr; ?Rumer Godden: Oblate Novelist,? by Catherine Wybourne, O.S.B.; ?Edith Gurian, Oblate Peter,? by Mary Anthony Wagner, O.S.B.; ?Henry II: Monk-King,? by Hugh Feiss, O.S.B.; ?On the Road to Emmaus: The Spiritual Journey of Joris-Karl Huysmans,? by George C. Tunstall; ?Emerson Hynes: A Vocation to Conversation,? by Owen Lindblad, O.S.B.; ?St. Benedict and the Maritains,? by Lucie R. Johnson, OBL.S.B.; ?Walker Percy: The End of His Beginning,? by Edward J. Dupuy; ?Faithful to the Very End: Oliver Plunkett, Irish Martyr and Archbishop,? by Jem Sullivan; ?Denys Prideaux: The Oblate Abbot,? by Charles Preble; ?H. A. Reinhold: Architect of the Liturgical Movement in America,? by Julia Upton, R.S.M.; and ?Rita Sorg?s Life of Joyful Hope: Remembering the Transfiguration on Tabor,? by Donald Raila, O.S.B.?. . . this book provides a service to all monastics, professed and lay alike.? American Benedictine Review?The book achieves its goal of providing role models for modern individuals who are or who are considering becoming Benedictine oblates themselves. For readers who do not fall into one of those two categories, the collection provides an intriguing view of religious men and women living committed Christian lives. Their lives are meant to inspire others, and they do that quite well.? Mystics Quarterly?St. Benedict?s ?little rule for beginners? is not just for people who live in monasteries. These nineteen men and women found in Rule of Benedict, and in their association with monastic communities that profess to live by it, a sure path to holiness as laypeople. And what a diverse and fascinating group of people they are! German king, French novelist, American Indian psychologist, African American teacher . . . all walking together in their common and continuing quest for God.? Abbot John Klassen, O.S.B. Saint John?s Abbey Collegeville, Minnesota?Ours is a moment in the history of religious life when we are witnessing a burgeoning interest in associations with religious communities that are alternatives to the norm of canonically vowed membership. This book celebrates the existence of an alternative association that has existed within Benedictine monasticism for approximately ten centuries.? Ephrem Hollermann, O.S.B. Prioress Saint Benedict?s Monastery St. Joseph. Minnesota?The lives portrayed in these pages reveal the inclusiveness of Benedictinism. These are people who followed the Rule of St. Benedict; not one of whom dwelt in a monastery; nor were all of them Roman Catholic. Look at the Table of Contents and be amazed. This is indeed a memorable book.? Benet Tvedten, O.S.B.?This book presents a kaleidoscope of nineteen colorful personalities from the 10th to the 20th century who have only one thing in common-they are all Oblates of St. Benedict. The real life stories of such diverse persons as King Henry II, Saint Frances of Rome, Dorothy Day, Raissa and Jacques Maritain, Walker Percy, and many more, are entertaining and inspiring. The stories focus not so much on their accomplishments as on their search for God, for spirituality, and for a community that would support their Christian faith.? Ruth Fox, O.S.B Retreat Director Sacred Heart Monastery Richardton, North Dakota?. . . will inspire oblates and professed monastics with the life stories of these deceased and dedicated oblates. These Benedictine children lived out Gospel values and the spirit of the Rule in the world. Readers will identify with them because of the common threads of followers of St. Benedict?seeking God within daily life, love of prayer, work, hospitality, and an appreciation of friendship with the professed monastics of a particular monastery. The stories are short, perceptive, and well-supported by broad and interesting resources.? Meinrad Brune, O.S.B. Director of Benedictine Oblates Saint Meinrad Archabbey?What a timely idea for a book! The oblate movement is booming, but the very concept of oblate is not so clear. This collection of short biographies goes a long way toward answering that question.? Terrence Kardong, O.S.B., Editor The American Benedictine Review?Kulzer and Bondi have written a fascinating book highlighting some little known aspects of our Catholic heritage viewed from a particular perspective of Benedict?s influence. This is a very interesting cast of characters from the drama of our church history. The book is recommended for parish libraries and those interested in church history.? Catholic Library World

The Benedict Option

Author: Rod Dreher
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0735213313
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A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER "Already the most discussed and most important religious book of the decade." —David Brooks In this controversial bestseller, Rod Dreher calls on American Christians to prepare for the coming Dark Age by embracing an ancient Christian way of life. From the inside, American churches have been hollowed out by the departure of young people and by an insipid pseudo–Christianity. From the outside, they are beset by challenges to religious liberty in a rapidly secularizing culture. Keeping Hillary Clinton out of the White House may have bought a brief reprieve from the state’s assault, but it will not stop the West’s slide into decadence and dissolution. Rod Dreher argues that the way forward is actu­ally the way back—all the way to St. Benedict of Nur­sia. This sixth-century monk, horrified by the moral chaos following Rome’s fall, retreated to the forest and created a new way of life for Christians. He built enduring communities based on principles of order, hospitality, stability, and prayer. His spiritual centers of hope were strongholds of light throughout the Dark Ages, and saved not just Christianity but Western civilization. Today, a new form of barbarism reigns. Many believers are blind to it, and their churches are too weak to resist. Politics offers little help in this spiritual crisis. What is needed is the Benedict Option, a strategy that draws on the authority of Scripture and the wisdom of the ancient church. The goal: to embrace exile from mainstream culture and construct a resilient counterculture. The Benedict Option is both manifesto and rallying cry for Christians who, if they are not to be conquered, must learn how to fight on culture war battlefields like none the West has seen for fifteen hundred years. It's for all mere Chris­tians—Protestant, Catholic, Orthodox—who can read the signs of the times. Neither false optimism nor fatalistic despair will do. Only faith, hope, and love, embodied in a renewed church, can sustain believers in the dark age that has overtaken us. These are the days for building strong arks for the long journey across a sea of night.