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Life In A Medieval Monastery

Author : Marc Cels
ISBN : 0778713520
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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Describes the daily life of monks and nuns living in monasteries in the Middle Ages, covering such activities as prayer, reading and writing, book making, and hygiene.
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Life In A Medieval Monastery

Author : Anne Boyd
ISBN : 9781908381644
Genre : Religion
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A guide to life at a medieval monastery, this book brings alive the monastic community of Durham and offers a fascinating glimpse into the history of Durham Cathedral.
Category: Religion

Daily Life In A Medieval Monastery

Author : Sherri Olson
ISBN : 9780313056178
Genre : Religion
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A study of life inside medieval monasteries that explores monastic spirituality, daily routines, contact with the outside world, and the historical impact of these foundational institutions on the Western world. • Surveys the history of the monastery, describing its origins, purpose, geographic spread, and impact on the larger society • Provides a glimpse of the rich and often idiosyncratic evidence that survives for medieval monasteries • Emphasizes the pervasiveness of monasticism in medieval Europe, the versatility of the monastic tradition, and its remarkable survival • Brings to life the interior experience of a typical monk or nun, allowing readers to understand what draws some individuals to the monastic life
Category: Religion

Life In A Medieval Monastery

Author : Victoria Sherrow
ISBN : 1560067918
Genre : Monasteries.
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Explains the role that monasteries played in medieval society, discusses the ideals which the different orders shared and the characteristics that made each one distinctive, and describes everyday life in the cloister.
Category: Monasteries.

The Age Of The Cloister

Author : Christopher Nugent Lawrence Brooke
ISBN : 1587680181
Genre : History
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Among the most beautiful, spiritual and evocative structures in stone ever built are the medieval monasteries of Europe. The importance of the monastic world, its ideas and ideals, to the rise of Western civilization is second to none. The age of the cloister offers a fascinating overview of the birth and flowering of monasticism, and describes in great detail the everyday monastic life and the faith, literature, economy, architecture and culture of countless monks, hermits, nuns, canons, friars and lay men and women spanning hundreds of years.
Category: History

On The Monastic Life

Author : H. H. Pope Shenouda III
ISBN : 0994571003
Genre : Religion
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The monastic life was an integral part of H.H. Pope Shenouda III, not only as a monk but also as a patriarch. As a patriarch, he was very careful to spend as much time as he could in the monastery among the monks. In the 1980's during his house arrest at St Bishoy's Monastery, he used to sit with the monks and teach them the monastic life as he lived it. This book is a collection of these sermons which encapsulate Pope Shenouda's true monastic life and teaching that is invaluable for today. These sermons are translated for the first time into the English language and we hope will be of benefit to all.
Category: Religion

English Monastic Life 1904

Author : Francis Aidan Gasquet
ISBN : 0766162680
Genre : Religion
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1904. This volume gives a brief account of the origin and aim of each of the Orders existing in England in pre-Reformation days, and draws up a general list of the various houses in as plain and popular manner as Abbot Gasquet could. He attempted to set before the reader the general tenor of the life lived by the inmates in any one of those monastic establishments. Contents: monastic life; material parts of a monastery; monastery and its rulers; obedientiaries; daily life in a monastery; nuns of medieval England; external relations of the monastic orders; paid servants of the monastery; various religious orders. Handsomely illustrated.
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I Was Gone Long Before I Left

Author : Peter C. Wilcox
ISBN : 9781725280359
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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In St. Teresa of Avila's classic spiritual book Interior Castle she describes a difficult period of time in her spiritual journey when she said, "When I think of myself, I feel like a bird with a broken wing." When I left the monastery thirty-eight years ago, this was exactly how I felt. I Was Gone Long Before I Left is the story about my interior struggle to leave the monastery after living this lifestyle for over twenty-five years. It explores the reasons why I went to the monastery, why I stayed, why I eventually left, and what I have learned. Maybe more importantly, it describes the many years of mental anguish, confusion, and depression that I went through to finally make this decision. It has brought back many painful memories and experiences and called for an honesty and vulnerability that I found daunting. For over thirty-eight years, I have been unable to write about my experience of life in the monastery because I felt ashamed. For years, I thought about leaving, but couldn't make this decision because I felt paralyzed psychologically and emotionally. Now, after all these years, I have found the courage to share my story.
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Wisdom From The Monastery

Author : Richard Yeo
ISBN : 185311684X
Genre : Religion
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The Rule of St Benedict, just 9000 words long and written 1500 years ago, has proved to be one of the most timeless, influential and lasting of all texts. Its realism about human character, its extraordinary practical wisdom and its original recipe for creating a work/life balance have made it famous way beyond the monastic communities whose lives it has shaped for centuries. Today many secular people are finding that the Rule makes sense of their lives too. This book simply consists of the Rule in a modern language and an introduction to the seven basic elements of Benedictine spirituality.
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Monastic Practices

Author : Charles Cummings
ISBN : 9780879074845
Genre : Religion
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For three decades, Monastic Practices has been a valued resource for English-speaking aspirants to monastic life. In this revised edition, updated and expanded, Charles Cummings, OCSO, explores the common practices of the monastic life in order to rediscover them as viable means of leading persons to a deeper encounter with God. How do monks and nuns occupy themselves throughout the day? Have they modernized their lifestyle or is it still cluttered with medieval customs? Could any of the monastic practices be of use to those outside the monastery? A certain wisdom is necessary to know how to use such practices and how to give oneself to them until they lead one to God. After long monastic experience, Cummings shows us how the ordinary things we do constitute our path to God. In the art of living life, he argues, we are always beginners, searching for God through our concrete circumstances and actions.
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Author : Giei Sato
ISBN : 0824802721
Genre : Religion
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Although the lines of the palm of the hand are barely visible in the early light, the monks of the Tofukuji monastery have been about their familiar rounds of daily tasks for several hours. Their routine is simple but faithfully practiced. Within its repetition lies the key to the self and the Buddha who resides within. The daily life of the monastery is portrayed here in ninety-seven watercolor sketches. Drawn during his last years by the Zen monk Giei Sato, these sketches recollect his days as an unsui, an apprentice monk. With humor and steadfast warmth Sato depicts the day of leaving home and the day of returning; the rainy season and the snowy season; the chores, the celebrations, the days of cleaning, and the days of begging. Each of the charming drawings is enhanced by a brief description of the event portrayed, a touch of Zen teaching, or a note on monastic life.
Category: Religion

Monastery Without Walls

Author : Bruce Davis
ISBN : 9780595190553
Genre : Religion
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There is a part of each of us that is a monk or a mystic. We yearn for perfect peace yet live our lives far removed from traditional monasteries—yet most of us would not want to give up our personal and spiritual freedom to join monastic life. We seek wholeness but realize that wholeness is not possible without sacredness. Sacred life takes root in solitude, in the time we take to develop a relationship with our inner life—in the kind of setting a monastery would offer. This book speaks to the monk or mystic within us. It affirms our place in the sacred silence of solitude and inner reflection, showing how even everyday life is filled with opportunities to live fully in the world—as if it were a holy monastery. Here we learn to live within the limits as well as the spirit of everyday life, how to appreciate our most human self as the path to explore the divine. Here we encounter a world that is clearly available to us, a world filled with nothing less than the gift of sacred silence within the monastery without walls.
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The Living Age

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Three Treatises From Bec On The Nature Of Monastic Life

Author : Giles Constable
ISBN : 9780802092601
Genre : History
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The abbey of Bec was founded in the eleventh century and was one of the best-known and most influential monasteries in Normandy. Celebrated for its high standard of religious life and its intellectual activity, Bec also had an exceptional degree of institutional independence. The three treatises collected and translated in this volume - Tractatus de professionibus monachorum ('The Profession of Monks'), De professionibus abbatum ('The Profession of Abbots'), and De libertate Beccensis monasterii ('On the Liberty of the Monastery of Bec') - are a striking statement of the position of Bec in relation to episcopal and ducal (later royal) authorities. Little is known about the anonymous author of these works except that he was a twelfth-century monk with an attachment to Augustine and Gregory the Great, and that he had considerable knowledge of canon law. His purpose in writing these treatises was to assert and justify the privileges of Bec at a time when many bishops were reacting against monastic freedom, especially with regard to profession. This volume is an important contribution to understanding not only monasticism in Normandy, but also the conflict between church and state in the eleventh and twelfth centuries.
Category: History

Life Lessons From The Monastery

Author : Jerome Kodell OSB
ISBN : 9781593254001
Genre : Religion
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In thirty short reflections, Abbot Jerome Kodell of Subiaco Abbey provides a lifetime of wisdom on living the Christian life. Drawing on Scripture, the Rule of St. Benedict, and other spiritual writings, Kodell helps us to realize that our common human desires and struggles make life in the monastery not so very different from life in the world. His encouragement and reassurance gives us hope that we can pray, experience God’s loving presence, and stay faithful to the commitments we’ve made. Among the many themes he addresses are holiness, freedom, service, money, hospitality, and silence. Appropriate for anyone still searching for God, as well as for those trying to live as Christians in the world today. Insightful and beautifully written. Makes a thoughtful gift.
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Daily Life In Medieval Europe

Author : Jeffrey L. Singman
ISBN : 0313302731
Genre : History
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An exploration of both private and public life in the Middle Ages covers society, the life cycle, material culture, life in villages, castles, monasteries, and towns, and the medieval world, plus games, food, and music.
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English Monastic Life

Author : Abbot Gasquet
Genre : Monasticism and religious orders
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English Monastic Life The regular or monastic life was instituted to enable men to attain with greater security to the higher ideals of the Christian life proposed to them in the Gospel. In the early ages of the Church the fervour of the first converts, strengthened and purified by the fierce persecutions they had to endure for religion, enabled them, or a considerable number of them, to reach this high standard without withdrawing from the world, its business, or society. The belief that, by the means of regulated labour and strict discipline of the senses and appetites, it was in the power of man to perfect his moral nature and rise to heights in the spiritual order, not otherwise attainable, seems almost inherent in man’s nature. Well-regulated practices founded upon this principle have been existent in all forms of religious worship other than Christian, and they can be recognised no less in the observances of ancient Egypt than in those of the lamas of modern Thibet. In the pagan world this doctrine seems to have dictated much of the peculiar teaching of the Stoics; and among the Jews the Essenes governed their[Pg 2] lives in theory and practice upon this belief. Even among the early Christians there were some, who by striving to master their lower nature desired to attain the true end of human life as the Gospel taught them, the knowledge and love of God and obedience to His will. These were known as Ascetae, and in one of the earliest Christian documents they are mentioned as a class of Christians between the laity and the clergy. They were, however, in the world though not “of the world,” and strove to reach their goal whilst living their ordinary life by means of perseverance in prayer, voluntary chastity and poverty, as well as by the exercise of mortification of all kinds. Though the practice of seeking seclusion from the world for the purpose of better carrying out these ideals was apparently not unknown in the third century, it was not until after the conversion of Constantine that it can be said to have become general. The triumph of Christianity not only freed Christians from the spiritual stimulus of persecution, but it opened the door of the Christian home to worldly habits and luxury which were hitherto unknown, and which made the practice of the higher ideals of the spirit difficult, if not impossible, in the ordinary surroundings of the family life. To use the expression of Walter Hilton, the baptism of Constantine “brought so many fish into Peter’s net that it was well-nigh rent by the very multitude.” Henceforth it became necessary for Christians, who would satisfy the deeply seated instinct of human nature for the higher life, to seek it mostly in the solitudes of the desert, or later within the sheltering walls of the monastery. For a right understanding of monastic history and monastic practices in the West generally, and even in[Pg 3] England, it is necessary to have some idea at least of the main features of Eastern monachism. It has been pointed out by Dom Butler, in his masterly introduction to the Lausiac History of Palladius, that monachism developed along two lines in Egypt. The first was the system initiated and directed by St. Anthony, when about the year a.d. 305, after living a life of seclusion for some twenty years, he undertook the direction and organisation of the multitude of monks which the reputation of his sanctity had drawn to his neighbourhood. The second was due to St. Pachomius, who, just about the same time, at the beginning of the fourth century, whilst yet quite a young man, founded his first monastery at Tabennisi in the far south of Egypt.
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