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The Wisdom of the Benedictine Elders: Thirty of America's Oldest Monks and Nuns Share Their Lives' Greatest Lessons
Thirty elders of the Benedictine Order, all born between 1901 and 1925 and at home in thirty monasteries and convents across the country, share their touching and thought-provoking life stories—the everyday rhythm and ritual of prayer and work, solitude and community, sanctity and humor; the most challenging moments of questioning, uncertainty, and tribulation; and moments ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published May 1st 2005 by BlueBridge
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Most people do not know that I am a lay Benedictine. I belong to St. Benedict's Monastery in Oxford, MI and I meander up there once a month for prayer services, meetings and formation classes. This book was a beautiful look into the lives of very old and wise Benedictines around the country, some of whom died even before the book was published. Each entry details three important aspects of the lives of these men and women. First, each one tells the story of how they came to be a Benedictine. his ...more
This book includes 30 brief biographies and reflections from America's oldest Monks and Nuns along with a sketch by the author and his comments. You get some very interesting insights into monastic life and work through these sketches and some sense of the patience and peace in the lives of these wise ones. Great reflective reading.