Christian Monasticism: From the Fourth to the Ninth Centuries of the Christian Era

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A.D. Innes, 1892 - Monasticism and religious orders - 351 pages
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Page 270 - The lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they who seek the Lord, shall want no manner of thing that is good.
Page 52 - ... their convent's narrow room; And hermits are contented with their cells; And students with their pensive citadels; Maids at the wheel, the weaver at his loom, Sit blithe and happy; bees that soar for bloom, High as the highest peak of Furness-fells, Will murmur by the hour in foxglove bells: In truth the prison, unto which we doom Ourselves, no prison is...
Page 62 - Rule (c. 58) the vow was to be made with all possible solemnity, in the chapel, before the relics in the shrine, with the abbat and all the brethren standing by ; and once made it was to be irrevocable — "Vestigia nulla retrorsum.
Page 44 - East the same distrust prevailed of persons undertaking more than they could bear. Thus the Council in Trullo enjoined a sojourn of some time in a coenobium as the preliminary to life in the desert (Cone.
Page 288 - ... geniality of his nature, and the number of his devoted personal followers proves that he could win and retain men's hearts. And thus, which is indeed the surest test of true greatness, his work survived him. In every department of it he left disciples willing and able to carry it on to completion. It is no exaggeration to say that, since the days of the great apostle of the Gentiles, no missionary of the Gospel has been more eminent in labours, in perils, in self-devotion, and in that tenacity...
Page 150 - ... lest the community should be disgraced by the inconsistencies of its members. On the one side there was the gracious invitation of Him who says, " Come unto Me, all that labour and are heavy laden...
Page 39 - ... or communities of monks under one roof and under one government. Thus Helyot ascribes their origin to Antony, the famous anchorite of the Thebaid in the 3d century (Ordrn Relig.
Page 265 - Eastern breathes a spirit of mildness and consideration, while by the sanction for the first time given to study, it opened the way for those literary pursuits which afterwards developed themselves so largely within convent walls.
Page 285 - Boniface and his companions found themselves beset by a concourse of armed pagans, eager to stop the progress of these destroyers of their idols, and to seize the vessels of gold and silver supposed to be in their keeping. Some attempt at selfdefence was made by the younger Christians, but in vain. Boniface, with characteristic fortitude, checked this ineffectual resistance, and met the fate, which doubtless he had long anticipated if not longed for, with the calmness of one of the early Christians...

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