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Wisdom From The Monastery

The Rule of St. Benedict for Everyday Life

Patrick Barry, Richard Yeo, Kathleen Norris, and others

Wisdom From The Monastery
Wisdom From The Monastery

ISBN: 9780814631539, 3153

Details: 168 pgs, 6 x 9
Publication Date: 03/01/2006

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For all who are on a spiritual journey or starting out on a search for meaning in their lives, there is a vast array of competing belief systems, therapies, and guides available. Above the noise and clamor of this busy marketplace, a centuries-old voice speaks words of invitation:

Who is there with a love of true life and a longing for days of real fulfillment? If you should hear that call and answer 'I,’ this is the answer that you will receive from God. . . .

So begins the ancient Rule of St. Benedict, written fifteen hundred years ago as a simple manual for monks living in community together. Because of its gentle wisdom, realism, and depth, the Rule has always stretched beyond the walls of monasteries. Today, growing numbers of men and women are discovering that it can teach them something invaluable about themselves and how to live meaningful lives.

Wisdom from the Monastery contains a contemporary translation of the Rule of St. Benedict and short reflections on the seven basic elements of Benedictine spirituality that are a tried and true recipe for healthy, balanced, and purposeful living.

An ideal place to begin a lifetime of exploration and discovery, Wisdom from the Monastery is an excerpt from The Benedictine Handbook, also available from Liturgical Press.

Patrick Barry was formerly Abbot of Ampleforth and now resides in the United States.

Richard Yeo is Abbot of Downside and Abbot President of the English Benedictine Congregation, England.

Kathleen Norris wrote the bestselling Dakota and A Cloister Walk. She is a Benedictine oblate.


The Rule of Saint Benedict focuses on the depth of our relationship with God, our interactions with each other and with the world in which we live as we search for meaning in our lives. The 73 short chapters of Wisdom from the Monastery, which also contains a contemporary translation of the Rule of Saint Benedict, offer guidance on our spiritual journey
The Faith Connection

This little handbook will be a joy for oblates and/or monks in the world.
Cistercian Studies Quarterly

This is a great little handbook for oblates and others `taken' with the Rule of Benedict, not living in monasteries but those who belong to the wider family of the Benedictine order: oblates, friends, pilgrims or visitors.
Cistercian Studies Quarterly

The book is highly recommended for all Benedictine collections and also as a tool for personal spirituality offering words of advice and wisdom across the centuries to those who read it.
Catholic Library World