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Random Ruminations For Every Day of the Year
Michael Casey, OCSO
ISBN: 9780814684634, 8463
Details: 488 pgs, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Publication Date: 03/08/2019
Balaam's Donkey is a series of daily reflections based on the homilies preached by Cistercian monk Michael Casey over his fifty years of priesthood. What remained of the original homilies was a large box full of index cards with a few talking points on each. From there, Casey has re-created the homilies and recast them into short reflections, arranged randomly for every day of the year. The range of topics discussed is broad and the approach taken differs with each reflection, most of them colored with a touch of Casey's whimsy and good humor.
Michael Casey, OCSO, has been a monk of Tarrawarra Abbey (Australia) since 1960. In the intervening years he has conducted many retreats and workshops on every continent (except Antarctica) and has written many articles on topics relating to monastic history and spirituality. He is also the author of many books, including The Road to Eternal Life: Reflections on the Prologue of Benedict's Rule and Seventy-Four Tools for Good Living: Reflections on the Fourth Chapter of Benedict's Rule, both from Liturgical Press.
"As these words find an echo in your heart you begin to feel, more than see, the interconnectedness of the book. Casey calls it `random ruminations' but I noticed after reading the meditation for the day and putting the book down, I felt better about the coming day. Hope and encouragement is the golden string binding these reflections together like the bundle of myrrh' so dear to the lover in the Song of Songs 1:13."