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In November 2015, Pope Francis called on theologians to explore whether normal Catholic practice should be changed to allow Christians, belonging to other churches, to share fully at the table when th ...
Bernard Bonowitz, OCSO
"Truly seeking God" is the one requirement Saint Benedict establishes for the admission of a candidate to the monastery. Once inside, that is exactly what he or she will be doing. In the first part of ...
Becoming a Catholic Peace Church
Gerald W. Schlabach
Recent decades have seen a steady trend in Roman Catholic teaching toward a commitment to active nonviolence that could qualify the church as a "peace church." As a moral theologian specializing in so ...
The Search for a Common Ground
Richard S. Vosko
A deep strain of tribal politics is dividing societies around the globe. Organized religions are also coping with scandals, disappointments, and polarizing ideologies. The history of Christianity reve ...
Classic Traditions and Contemporary Practice
In The Spiritual Way: Classic Traditions and Contemporary Practice, Philip Sheldrake aims to make the wisdom of Christian spirituality better known to contemporary readers. After an introductory chapt ...
A Benedictine on Christian Life
Don Talafous, OSB
Internet readers of the Daily Reflections with Fr. Don Talafous have long urged the author to publish selections in book form. Here is such a collection offering hope and encouragement in the face of ...
One Woman's Journey of Prayer in the Shadow of Death
Magda Heras and Ignasi Fossas, Translated by Elaine M. Lilly
"To be honest, at this point only two things interest me: my oncologist's advice and if you can teach me to pray."So began a two-year correspondence between a medical doctor who became a priest, Bened ...
Edited by Hugh Feiss, OSB, Ronald E. Pepin, and Maureen M. O'Brien
A Benedictine Reader: 530-1530 has been more than twenty years in the making. A collaboration of a dozen scholars, this project gives as broad and deep a sense of the reality of the first one thousand ...
Liturgical Foundations of Christian Spirituality
Bob Hurd, Foreword by Michael Downey
Spirituality is a motion, a responsive movement of heart, mind, and spirit to the life of God moving within us. Starting from his Roman Catholic roots but working ecumenically, Bob Hurd explores this ...
Random Ruminations For Every Day of the Year
Michael Casey, OCSO
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 ...
A New Reading
Gerhard Lohfink, Translated by Linda M. Maloney
Can Christians still pray the Our Father in the twenty-first century? We can, and we must.Gerhard Lohfink breaks open its strange phrases like "hallowed be thy name," its off-putting language like "Fa ...
Meeting the Paschal Mystery in the People Around Us
Albert Holtz, OSB; Illustrations by Daniel Partain
Using vignettes set in or near his monastery in downtown Newark, New Jersey, Benedictine monk Albert Holtz helps us to see that the Easter mystery, which can often seem abstract and distant, is in fac ...
Practice from the Monastic Tradition
Mary Margaret Funk
Written from her deep experience in the monastic tradition, Sister Mary Margaret Funk shows us that, with faith and our given vocations, we are more than strong enough to resist and renounce the viole ...
Translated by Timothy Fry, OSB
For fifteen centuries Benedictine monasticism has been governed by a Rule that is at once strong enough to instill order and yet flexible enough to be as relevant as ever.The pocket-sized, English-onl ...
Anthony J. Gittins
Today, many Christians, concerned and challenged by contemporary trends in society and religion, are bewildered and perhaps tempted to leave the Church and manage on their own. Courage and Conviction ...