THE RADICAL CHRISTIAN LIFE A YEAR WITH SAINT BENEDICT

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The Radical Christian Life

Author : Joan Chittister
ISBN : 9780814633656
Genre : Religion
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Very little in this world stays fresh and life-giving for 1,500 years. But when that happens we should ask ourselves why and what that had to do with us. In this book, The Radical Christian Life: A Year with Saint Benedict, Joan Chittister encourages us to look at that question. In an introductory essay she examines how the insights and values of the sixth-century Visionary Saint Benedict can illuminate today's search for a meaningful life. Then she leads us through the year, reflecting on twelve stories from Benedict's life, anecdotes that give us glimpses into his soul. More than that, she draws from these stories daily thoughts for the development of our own spiritual lives in this day and age. Joan Chittister, OSB, is a Benedictine sister and international lecturer who has been a leading voice in spirituality for more than thirty years. She has authored over forty books, most recently Uncommon Gratitude and The Monastery of the Heart, part of a program she is helping to develop to enable lay groups to live Benedictine spirituality in a contemporary way.
Category: Religion

Preferring Christ

Author : Norvene Vest
ISBN : 9780819225856
Genre : Religion
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The Rule of St. Benedict continues to attract those who seek to live a deeper life, connected to Christ. But with such an ancient text, how can we authentically engage St. Benedict’s Rule in a manner that is true to its profound insights—and to our own spiritual journey? Norvene Vest suggests that the answer lies in the way we read the Rule. “It shouldn’t be studied like a book of regulations, or a school textbook. It should be read as lectio divina.” This profound yet very practical volume speaks to our urgent spiritual need. People yearn for an interior life deeply rooted in God, humanly balanced, and substantially founded in the Christian heritage. Vest offers a valuable resource by rendering much more accessible the spiritual wealth of the key text of the ancient Benedictine charism. Here is the solid, balanced wisdom that has nourished and guided innumerable Christians for nearly fifteen centuries.
Category: Religion

The Benedict Option

Author : Rod Dreher
ISBN : 9780735213319
Genre : Religion
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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.
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Perspectives On The Rule Of St Benedict

Author : Aquinata Böckmann
ISBN : 0814630413
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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"A commentary on parts of the Rule of St. Benedict (prologue and chapters 53, 58, 72, and 73)"--Provided by publisher.
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Benedict S Way

Author : Lonni Collins Pratt
ISBN : 0829417877
Genre : Religion
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A collection of stories, reflections, prayers, and exercises draws on the teachings and insights of the sixth-century monk St. Benedict to help readers shape the everyday spiritual lives.
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Reaching For God

Author : Roberta Werner
ISBN : 9780814635513
Genre : Religion
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Reaching for God is a compendium of Benedictine life and prayer for oblates. It brings together in one volume the essence of Benedictine spirituality-its history, its relevance through the ages and in the present, and a summary of the most fundamental gifts and values it offers for living a meaningful life. Here, the meaning and purpose of the oblate way of life is explained in a clear and encouraging way. Werner offers guidance and examples of prayer to enrich any spiritual life. Sister Roberta Werner, OSB, having worked as a teacher, caregiver, and educational administrator, is now the assistant oblate director at St. Benedict's Monastery in St. Joseph, Minnesota. In this role, she guides an oblate discussion group, contributes to oblate newsletter publications, has set up an oblate library, and makes the spiritual journey with the many oblates who connect with her and with the monastery in their search for God.
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Kingdom Of Happiness

Author : Jeffrey Kirby
ISBN : 1505105900
Genre : Religion
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In this encouraging, easy-to-read book, Father Jeffrey Kirby offers hope to the tired, overburdened, and unhappy. He reminds us that we are made for happiness. But he goes beyond that, showing us the path to achieving happiness. It's not a new path. In fact, Jesus showed us the way in the Beatitudes, but Kingdom of Happiness reveals how these aren't merely nice sayings, they are powerful ways of living.
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Between The Dark And The Daylight

Author : Joan Chittister
ISBN : 9780804140942
Genre : Religion
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Explores the concerns of modern life and argues that readers should embrace the contradictory nature of life in order to live well.
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Reclaiming The Republic

Author : Robert G. Marshall
ISBN : 150510940X
Genre : Political Science
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Radical secularists have undermined the premise of the Founders to the detriment of our nation and its people. It's time to fight back. Reclaiming the Republic will show you how. While the election of Donald Trump as president may have slowed down the project of those who would continue to move America away from the laws of Nature and of Nature's God, the struggle is not over, and the next few elections may well prove decisive. This book shows Christians and all people of good will and traditional values how to use the levers of civil power to defeat anti-Christian and anti-Natural Law policies at all levels of government...and, what is more important, defeat the proponents of such policies before they gain access to those levers. Reclaiming the Republic pulls back the curtain on the structure of government so that motivated Christians can expose and defeat the work of secularists. Perhaps no person in the country is better qualified to write this book than Robert G. "Delegate Bob" Marshall. Having forgotten more than most Americans ever learned about our system of government, the thought of the Founders, state and local politics, and those aforementioned "laws of Nature and of Nature's God" as expressed politically, accompany Marshall as he takes readers on a crash course in Civics 101. Marshall is also uniquely qualified to write this book as he knows first-hand that the radical Left is pulling out all the stops to consolidate their gains and reverse their losses. After serving his neighbors for thirteen terms in the Virginia House of Delegates, he was defeated in 2017 by the first openly transgendered candidate to be seated in a US statehouse. His opponent received much outside help, both in terms of volunteers and out-of-state money. Why would a race for the Virginia House of Delegates attract such attention across the country? Again, the radical secularist Left knows what is at stake. Do you? Read this book, digest its lessons, share with your children and friends, and get involved.
Category: Political Science

Radical Spirit

Author : Joan Chittister
ISBN : 9780451495174
Genre : Religion
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"With twelve simple rules for healthy spiritual living derived from Rule of Saint Benedict, a sixth-century book on leading a God-centered life, Sister Joan affirms the need to develop enduring values by shifting our attention to something greater than ourselves".
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