Beginning Again: Benedictine Wisdom for Living with Illness

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In 1995 Mary Earle was hospitalized with acute pancreatitis. When she was able to return home, she still faced a long recovery. She had to stay in bed most of the time, and eating was difficult some days. The busy life she had always known was gone, and she had to begin again. Like others who suffer from serious or chronic conditions, Mary Earle found that living with illness can require major adjustments in life.

Using St. Benedict's ancient Rule--his way of ordering the life ...

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In 1995 Mary Earle was hospitalized with acute pancreatitis. When she was able to return home, she still faced a long recovery. She had to stay in bed most of the time, and eating was difficult some days. The busy life she had always known was gone, and she had to begin again. Like others who suffer from serious or chronic conditions, Mary Earle found that living with illness can require major adjustments in life.

Using St. Benedict's ancient Rule--his way of ordering the life and days of religious communities--Beginning Again teaches readers how to discern a rule of life that helps them with changes in resting and activity levels, with food restrictions, and requirements for medicine or medical treatment. The ancient Benedictine concepts of stability, obedience, and conversion can help anyone living with illness, even those who are dying.

Beginning Again is a practical resource, written for those who know little about St. Benedict and his Rule of Life, with exercises to help readers discover how to live with God at the center of their lives and illnesses. It is useful for those living with illness, and for clergy, counselors, and spiritual directors who care for them.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780819219657
  • Publisher: Morehouse Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/28/2004
  • Series: Anexplorefaith.org Book Series
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 1,012,820
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Explorefaith.org books : an introduction
1 Introduction 3
2 Discerning your rule of life : learning to listen 13
3 Dying and rising 21
4 Nutrition and mindful eating 33
5 Rest 41
6 Exercise 53
7 Regimens of medication and treatment 63
8 Stability 73
9 Obedience 83
10 Ongoing conversion 95
11 Prayer and living with illness 103
12 "I have no idea where I am going" 119
Notes for creating a rule of life for living with illness 123
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