From the Tools of Good Works to the Heart of Humility: A Commentary on Chapters 4-7 of Benedict's Rule (Paperback)Aquinata Boeckmann, OSB, PhD (author), Marianne Burkhard, OSB (editor and translator), Andrea Westkamp, OSB (translator)
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In a new volume of her exegetical commentary, Sr. Aquinata Boeckmann explores chapters 4-7 of the Rule of St. Benedict. They contain Benedict's instruction of how to learn and live the spiritual art of monastic life that is focused on Christ. In her close reading of the text and its sources she pursues questions such as the following: How do general Christian rules help us to live in community? How does obedience lead us closer to Christ? How does silence build community? How does humility deepen our love for Christ and those around us? Never losing sight of the reality of monastic life, Sr. Aquinata weaves together Benedict's wisdom and today's challenges to show the crucial spiritual elements of his Rule.
Publisher: Liturgical Press
Number of pages: 258
Weight: 360 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 13 mm
"In this fourth volume of her commentary on the Rule of St. Benedict, Aquinata Boeckmann takes us into a richly sustained analysis of the spiritual wisdom at the heart of the Rule. Once again, the reader is exposed to a thoroughgoing exegesis, this time of chapters 4-7, with Aquinata's usual adept use of patristic and scriptural material. Her emphasis on the personal challenges and pastoral implications which these texts examine when correctly interpreted in the light of today's social, political, and ethical questions confirms the continuing relevance of the Rule of St. Benedict in the twenty-first century."Carmel Posa, SGS, Co-editor of Tjurunga: An Australasian Benedictine Review
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