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Overview Brief reflections on aspects of the Rule of Benedict. Ponders how work is an aid to prayer and how the Benedictine vow of stability is essential to building community. Each chapter concludes with a brief reflection ont he state of contemporary society and how the aspect of the Rule of Benedict treated in the chapter applies to the needs of today.
Anselm Gra1/4n, OSB, famed Benedictine author and cellarer'supplies manager 'of his monastery at Ma1/4nsterschwarzach, offers brief reflections on aspects of the "Rule of Benedict." He sketches the life of Benedict and reflects on how Benedict's instructions enable one to live constantly in the presence of God. Even the most mundane objects are signs of the presence of God. It is not merely that we focus our attention on God, but that we're aware that God always focuses attention on us, loving and encouraging us in al things. For example: he calls the cellarer to regard al utensils and goods of the monastery as sacred vessels of the altar.
Gra1/4n also ponders how work is an aid to prayer and how the Benedictine vow of stability is essential to building community. Silence and the solitude that characterize the monastic are conditions for the possibility of genuine community.
Each chapter concludes with a brief reflection on the state of contemporary society and how the aspect of the "Rule of Benedict" treated in the chapter applies to the needs of today.
"AnselmGra1/4n, ThD, is a monk of the Benedictine abbey of Ma1/4nsterschwarzach, Germany, where he has been cellarer since 1977. He is the author of many books, lectures, and courses on themes of spiritual life."
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Studio: Liturgical Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.14" Width: 5.92" Height: 0.15" Weight: 0.18 lbs.
Release Date Feb 1, 2006
Publisher Liturgical Press
ISBN 0814629105 ISBN13 9780814629109
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More About Anselm Grun & Linda M. Maloney
Anselm Grun is a Benedictine monk who has written approximately 300 books that have been translated into 30 different languages. He is considered around the world to be an important spiritual writer. He lives in Germany. Giuliano Ferri has illustrated over thirty-five children's books, published both internationally and in the U.S. His most recent titles include"Peace on Earth: Poems and Prayers for Peace"(Lion Hudson) and"Ant and Grasshopper"(Margaret K. McElderry). Giuliano lives in Italy."
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Practical Ideas for Balanced Life Feb 25, 2006
Anselm Grun, a Benedictine monk with a doctorate in theology, couldn't be more practical. To set the stage, he points out the similarities between Benedict's time and our own. Fifteen hundred years ago, Benedict responded to the continual changes of the day with a demand for "stability." Interpreting Benedict's rule, Grun suggests that self-imposed external order brings order to one's moods and feelings as well, rather than simply pushing them down.
Grun applies Benedict's message to the twenty-first century plight of feeling overburdened by work. Today, he writes, many wish to leave the world of work altogether, often a flight from both reality and God. But Benedict's rule and the rhythm of the monastery guide us toward managing work in the light of prayer. Grun provides well defined steps for dealing with irritations on the job, clarifying goals, doing one's best then "turning off" the world of work. Throughout the chapters on discernment, peace, and community, Grun follows the same format, connecting Benedict's writing with the modern world and offering concrete suggestions.
This is a valuable, easy-to-follow resource for individuals and small groups, who might find some surprises in the section on community.