The Life of St. Benedict By Gregory the Great: Translation and Commentary

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Overview

In his classic Second Book of Dialogues, Pope Gregory the Great lionizes Saint Benedict as hero and casts him predominantly in the role of miracle worker. Yet in his Rule, Benedict comes across more as a practical community organizer and premier spiritual father. In this volume, Terrence Kardong offers a fresh take on Gregory the Great's classic. He alternates between translated sections of the Diablo's and his own commentary. Crisp and direct, and infused with his wry and ever-present sense of humor, Kardong's writings sure to build up the spiritual life of readers and, equally important, to make them love St. Benedict.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814632628
  • Publisher: Liturgical Press, The
  • Publication date: 3/1/2009
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author


Terrence G. Kardong, OSB, is a monk of Assumption Abbey in Richardton, North Dakota. Editor of American Benedictine Review, he also wrote Benedict’s Rule published by the Liturgical Press.
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Table of Contents

Preface ix

Section 1 Conversion and First Miracle 1

Section 2 Hermit Lost and Found 7

Section 3 Temptation in the Desert 13

Section 4 Temptation among Men 21

Section 5 Four Miracles at Subiaco 31

Section 6 A Blow to Hatred and a Coronation 41

Section 7 Fight against Satan 49

Section 8 Charism of Prophecy 59

Section 9 Further Prophecies 69

Section 10 Last Prophecies 81

Section 11 The First Three Miracles of Power 91

Section 12 At the Heart of the Signs of Power 101

Section 13 Power and Prayer: Two Examples of a Single Thesis 113

Section 14 Benedict and Scholastica 123

Section 15 The Vision of the World in the Light of God 131

Section 16 Death, Glory, and the Life Beyond 139

Notes 149

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