Introducing Benedict’s Rule:
A Program of Formation
by Michael CASEY ocso and David TOMLINS ocso
ABOUT THE BOOK
I received this English book from a German publisher who requested me to translate it into French. The French edition will soon be published by the same publisher.
If you are interested in delving deeper into the Rule of Saint Benedict (Saint Benedict’s dates are 480–547, this is the perfect book for you. Through its 18 chapters, both authors study the main themes of the Rule. As it is mainly a tool of study, they do it in a straightforward way. There’s a great balance between:
– the study aspects, for instance the study of the sources (of course a lot the Rule of the Master – but also Cassian, Basil, etc), and how Benedict uses and modifies them
– the connection between the Rule and how we can live it today. This book is directly addressed to monks and nuns living under the Rule of Saint Benedict, but it can very well be applied, as the Rule itself, to any Christian living in the world today. The chapter 5 on humility is but one of many possible other examples.As a matter of fact, there are many groups out there trying to follow this Rule of Life in their daily life as married couples, etc. Here is a link to an international group. To check if there’s such a group in your region, click here, where the groups are ordered by country.
Both authors alternate: chapter 1 is by one author, chapter 2 by the other, etc.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Both authors are Australian Trappist monks. David is the abbot of the monastery of Tarrawarra, Michael is the Vocation Director, as well as the librarian, I think. Michael Casey has published many books and articles on religious topics. He always provides excellent material in a direct style not deprived of humor. Several of his books are available on Amazon.
Tarrawarra Abbey has its Facebook page.
They also publish great free podcasts: they are about 10 mn long each, on each verse of the Prologue of Saint Benedict, by Michael Casey himself. They are excellent.
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