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The Soul of the Apostolate [Paperback]

By Jean-Baptiste Chautard (Author), Ocso Jean Chautard (Author) & Chautard (Author)
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Says prayer is the soul of every apostolic work; without it there is no success. Unique and essential for all priests, religious and lay apostles. In this age of relentless activity it is easy for Christians to fall into the role of the activist. Here you will find the instructions and wisdom needed to anchor your interior life to the imitation of Christ, an act that will infuse your spiritual activities and corporal works of mercy with grace.

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In this age of relentless activity it is easy for Christians, particularly those involved in good works, to fall into the pattern of the activist. But mere activity and material results are not sufficient for a successful apostolate.In his classic work "The Soul of the Apostolate, " Dom Chautard demonstrates that the very foundation of all apostolic work must be the Interior Life. The apostle of Christ will grow to become an instrument and true channel of God's graces to the world only through prayer, meditation and the cultivation of the Interior Life. When one is involved in works of spiritual or corporal charity, his work can only be truly efficacious when he anchors his Interior Life in Christ. Without Christ we can do nothing. Inside you'll learn about the: Pre-eminence of the Interior Life over the Active LifeDangers of the Active Life: for you and your apostolateThe Devil's special temptations for those working for Our LordSteps necessary in order to develop and grow in the Interior LifeNecessity of the Interior Life to a successful and spiritually fruitful apostolateFor anyone who would work for Our Lord and His Church there is simply no book more important to read and to follow than "The Soul of the Apostolate."

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Studio: Saint Benedict Press & Tan Books
Pages   298
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.9"
Weight:   0.65 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 1977
Publisher   Tan Books & Publishers
ISBN  0895550318  
ISBN13  9780895550316  

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More About Jean-Baptiste Chautard, Ocso Jean Chautard & Chautard

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! One of the leading Catholic figures at the turn of the twentieth century, Jean-Baptiste Chautard, O.C.S.O.(1858-1935), was a French Trappist abbot and religious writer. He was integral in the expansion of his Cistercian Order, even achieving the purchase of Citeaux Abbey in France, where Cistercianism began around 1100. Chautard was later responsible for new foundations in Belgium and Latin America. He is best known for his book, The Soul of the Apostolate, which has been translated into many languages. Several popes have recommended Chautard's work, including Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, who cited it during his visit to Lourdes in 2008.

Thomas Merton (1915-1968) is widely acclaimed as one of the most influential spiritual masters of the twentieth century. A Trappist monk of the Abbey of Gethsemani, Kentucky, he was a poet, social activist, and student of comparative religion. In 1949, he was ordained to the priesthood and given the name Father Louis. Merton wrote more than seventy books, mostly on spirituality, social justice, and a quiet pacifism, as well as scores of essays and reviews, including his best-selling autobiography, The Seven Storey Mountain.

Abbot Elias Dietz, O.C.S.O., is abbot of the Abbey of Gethsemani in Trappist, Kentucky.

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PRAY! Social justice activitist, young adult ministry social butterflies, and every other Christian   Jun 10, 2008
I wish I could give a copy of The Soul of the Apostolate to every "social justice" priest and layperson that I know. And the same with the folks who run around making nice, pretty ministries but aren't spending time with the Lord. This book brought me back to GOD. Oh, to know that the author struggled much in the same way that I have. Oh, to know, that like many young folks, I was seeking my identity in various groups, both secular and spiritual. The truth is, my identity is as a child of GOD. This book gives me practical information on how to grow as a Christian. (and to put my "clubs" waaay below GOD, my marriage, etc) And the footnotes are also very helpful.

I highly recommend this book to ALL Christians seeking GOD. GOD BLESS!!!!
Even if you think you pray enough!  Apr 29, 2008
I, and many people who work in full time or part time ministry (i.e. some sort of apostolate), know the imortance of prayer. However, NO book I have come across articulates the need and inspires the reader to seek personal conversion FIRST than this book. It has truly changed my prayer life and my job (which is in Youth Ministry). It drives home the old saying "you can't give what you don't have". Buy the book, read it, and then read it again.
A deeply insightful guide for those minister to others.   Aug 21, 2006
Even though this book was written more than half a century ago, the advice it gives to priests and those who serve God's people are still as valid today as they were then. Nowadays we're always busy doing, but we should surely stop to ask ourselves just what we are achieving. In this beautifully written work Dom Chautard lays out the necessity of a deep relationship with God in order that our work may truly have an impact on the world. He lays out guidelines that will help the reader lead a more reflective and therefore effective life.
soul of the apostolate -- dom chautard  Jul 3, 2006
this is one of the finest books on the interior life. other than scripture especially the new testament and gospels there are about five works everyone should read and live on the interior life -- this being one of the very best.
Prayer first, and action... in hundredth place  May 3, 2002
The book is a warm antidote for those earnest Christians who work so very hard for our Lord, but spend less than 10 minutes per day in mental prayer with him. Both the social justice activist and pro-life champion will find solace with Chautard, and a way to reach a new level of closeness with Christ. Ultimately they will see more fruitfulness in their works if the apply the lessons in the book. The picture of love overflowing into piety has stayed with me for months afterward.

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