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Motley Crew: Monastic Lives
     

Motley Crew: Monastic Lives

by Benet Tvedten
 

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ISBN-10: 0814631770

ISBN-13: 2900814631774

Pub. Date: 02/28/2006

Publisher: Liturgical Press, The

In this latest collection of portraits and reflections on the monastic life, Brother Benet Tvedten has gathered together a motley crew indeed. Inside this book you'll encounter the stories, both legend and history, of ancestors and contemporary monastics, the saints and the laypeople who contributed to this movement over the centuries. They struggle with obedience:

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In this latest collection of portraits and reflections on the monastic life, Brother Benet Tvedten has gathered together a motley crew indeed. Inside this book you'll encounter the stories, both legend and history, of ancestors and contemporary monastics, the saints and the laypeople who contributed to this movement over the centuries. They struggle with obedience: Maurus jumps into the lake. They perform miracles: Scholastica prays up a storm to keep her brother by her side. They venture forth to serve as missionaries in the American wilderness of the Dakota territories, always with St. Benedict as their guide.

The Motley Crew is a lively history in which you'll follow the rise and fall of monastic life in Europe and the United States, with its ongoing conflicts between obedience to the Rule and the human desires for a life of comfort and ease. This collection of saints, so far from living in the "state of perfection" attributed to the monastic life by the church, reflects the truly human and holy nature to which we all aspire.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900814631774
Publisher:
Liturgical Press, The
Publication date:
02/28/2006
Edition description:
NE
Pages:
144

Table of Contents


Introduction: We Are a Motley Crew     vii
The Motley Crew
The Father of Monasticism     3
The Father of Cenobitical Monasticism     6
Basil the Great     8
North African Voice     10
Abbot Benedict Himself     12
Scholastica     15
Irish Monasticism     17
Two Little Boys at School     20
Bede the Venerables     23
The Pope and the Archbishop of Canterbury     25
Hilda of Whitby     29
Cuthbert     32
Willibrord, Willibald Wunibald, Walburga, and Winfrid     35
Tetta and Leoba     38
Boniface     40
The Hospitable Meinrad     43
French Unity and Purity: Another St. Benedict and the Cluniacs     46
Bernard and Cistercian Reform     50
Friends of the Order     55
Ethelwold, Oswald, and Dunstan     59
Anselm of Canterbury     62
Aelred     65
Heloise and Abelard, and Hildegard, Too     67
The Black Plague, the Reformation, and Beyond: Hard Times for Monastic Life in Europe
An Age of Reform     71
Not the Best of Times     74
A Brief History of Monasticism in the UnitedStates
Welcome to the New World     83
The Swiss Arrive     89
Vital, Ildephonse, and Felix     93
The Sisters     96
Over the Alps at Grandma's House     99
A Swiss Monk Who Stayed at Home     104
The First Benedictine Abbot of the Church of England     107
A Benedictine Beginning     111
A Benedictine Pilgrimage     115
Dorothy Day: A Fellow Benedictine     121
Around the World     125
St. Benedict Speaks     127
Sources     131

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