Blessings of St. Benedict

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Liturgical Press, 2011 - Religion - 144 pages
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Blessings of St. Benedict is a devotional that brings the Rule of St. Benedict to al people of every state of life. In these brief and accessible reflections on this ancient monastic rule, John Michael Talbot offers simple and timeless monastic wisdom for everyone. Dipping into the well of spirituality that is both practical and mystical, this book is designed for both monastics and monastics at heart.

John Michael Talbot was born in Oklahoma City in 1954 and grew up in Indianapolis. He moved to Arkansas and founded the Brothers and Sisters of Charity at Little Portion Hermitage in 1982, an integrated monastic community of celibates, singles who can marry, families, and domestics who live in their own homes. He still serves as minister general. He was a founding artist of Sparrow Records in 1976. After a successful career with Sparrow, in 1992 John Michael founded his own record label, Troubadour for the Lord, and is now recognized as one of Catholic music's most popular artists. Talbot is author of Reflections on St. Francis (Liturgical Press, 2009) and The Universal Monk (Liturgical Press, 2011). He has been married to Viola Talbot since 1989 and leads an active concert and teaching ministry from his home at Little Portion Hermitage Monastery.

 

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Contents

the blessings of st benedict
1
Monastic excommunication 36
3
listen
5
letting go of selfWill
7
A school of the lords service
9
Kinds of Monks
11
the Qualities of the Abbot
14
calling the brothers and sisters for counsel
16
the Reception of guests
85
letters and gifts for Monks
87
the clothing footwear and bedding of the Monks
89
the Abbots table
91
the Artisans of the Monastery
93
the Procedure for Receiving new brothers
95
the offering of sons by nobles or by the Poor
98
the Admission of Priests to the Monastery
100

the tools for good Works
18
obedience
20
silence and Restraint of speech
22
Humility
24
the Work of god the divine office
27
time and character of the offices
30
the deans of the Monastery
32
the sleeping Arrangements of the Monks
34
Contents ix
36
chapter
38
chapter
44
Monks Working at a distance or traveling and on a short Journey
81
the oratory of the Monastery
83
the Reception of Visiting Monks
103
the Priests of the Monastery
106
community Rank
108
the election of the Abbot
110
the Prior
112
the Porter of the Monastery
114
brothers sent on a Journey
116
the Assignment of impossible tasks to a brother
118
the Presumption of defending Another in the Monastery
120
the Presumption of striking Another
122
the Rule only a beginning
128
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John Michael Talbot was born in Oklahoma City in 1954 and grew up in Indianapolis. He moved to Arkansas and founded the Brothers and Sisters of Charity at Little Portion Hermitage in 1982, an integrated monastic community of celibates, singles who can marry, families, and domestics who live in their own homes. He still serves as minister general. He was a founding artist of Sparrow Records in 1976. After a successful career with Sparrow, in 1992 John Michael founded his own record label, Troubadour for the Lord, and is now recognized as one of Catholic music's most popular artists. Talbot is author of Reflections on St. Francis(Liturgical Press, 2009) and The Universal Monk(Liturgical Press, 2011). He has been married to Viola Talbot since 1989 and leads an active concert and teaching ministry from his home at Little Portion Hermitage Monastery.

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