Pillars of Community: Four Rules of Pre-Benedictine Monastic Life [NOOK Book]

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Anyone who has explored a great Romanesque church has been impressed, even awed, by the mighty stone foundations supporting the great central tower. As four pillars give a firm base to these soaring structures, so four ancient Rules stand beneath the foundations of Western monasticism, giving a structure on which later spiritual architects, Benedict among them, would build. In this book Terrence Kardong explores the lives and Rules of four of the earliest monastic writers--Basil, Pachomius, Augustine, and the ...
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Pillars of Community: Four Rules of Pre-Benedictine Monastic Life

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Overview

Anyone who has explored a great Romanesque church has been impressed, even awed, by the mighty stone foundations supporting the great central tower. As four pillars give a firm base to these soaring structures, so four ancient Rules stand beneath the foundations of Western monasticism, giving a structure on which later spiritual architects, Benedict among them, would build. In this book Terrence Kardong explores the lives and Rules of four of the earliest monastic writers--Basil, Pachomius, Augustine, and the anonymous author of the rules of Lerins. In engaging fashion he shows how the lives and social milieu of these earliest founders shaped their monasticism.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

Kardong has the rare gift of being able to distill the results of a vast amount of complicated scholarship, often written in languages other than English, in a way that is highly readable, informative, and enjoyable. His style is clear and simple; his prose is wry and witty; and his discussions are peppered with insights gleaned from over fifty years of living as a cenobitic monk himself. He has produced a gem of a book.
Cistercian Studies Quarterly

Kardong’s achievement is remarkable. The reader finds Kardong to be a sure guide to the world of pre-Benedictine monastic life, providing him or her with the latest research. As always with Kardong, his own comments are as elucidating (and entertaining) as the subject he is writing about. Reading him is like sitting down over a cup of coffee with a sage who has the ability to make the ancient current, the recondite clear, and the potentially boring, exciting.
American Benedictine Review

For contemporary cenobitic communities, it offers strong conversation starters on the current challenges to living wisely.
Benedictines

This very interesting and important book is based on over twenty-five years of scholarly research spanning almost every aspect of cenobitic monasticism plus fifty years of lived monastic experience. As a scholar Terrence Kardong is famous for addressing significant topics and issues that other scholars tend to ignore. He always seeks to ask the better question and never settles for the easy answer no matter where the result leads. Pillars of Community is vintage Kardong making accessible in a creative and fresh way the very foundations of cenobitic monasticism. This book fills a gap in monastic history that has gone largely unnoticed for years.
Eugene Hensell, OSB
Saint Meinrad Archabbey, Indiana

In Pillars of Community, Terrence Kardong serves as a knowledgeable friend who walks with us through the lives and rules of those who were the first pillars of the cenobitic way of life. Thanks to his deft comments that don’t shy away from appreciating ancient texts in the light of modern situations, the curious customs, strong personalities, and situations of common life that we meet are recognizable, even across the centuries.
      Kardong wants us to read the sources squarely in context, sometimes of contention, e.g. Basil against the hyper-ascetic Eustathians. Especially appealing is his recounting of the life of Pachomius and the rules he formulated for his koinonia. As far-removed as Egyptians of the 4th century are from us of the 21st, one is startled at how familiar much of the legislation sounds. Both they and we have to contend with members who are tardy, surly, immature, and careless, and with situations that are tedious, unexpected, tricky, or irreme

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814639214
  • Publisher: Liturgical Press, The
  • Publication date: 3/1/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 268
  • Sales rank: 1,176,883
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Terrence Kardong, OSB, is a monk of Assumption Abbey in Richardton, North Dakota. He is editor of "American Benedictine Review" and author of Benedict's Rule, Day by Day with Saint Benedict, and Life of St. Benedict by Gregory the Great, all published by Liturgical Press.
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Table of Contents

Preface vii

Introduction xi

Chapter 1 The Life of Basil 1

Chapter 2 The Rule of Basil: I (Long Rules Prologue and 1-7) 15

Chapter 3 The Rule of Basil: II (Themes from Long Rules 8-55) 45

Chapter 4 The Life of Pachomius 61

Chapter 5 The Rule of Pachomius: I (Precepts 1-57) 87

Chapter 6 The Rule of Pachomius: II (Precepts 58-97) 107

Chapter 7 The Rule of Pachomius: III (Precepts 98-144) 125

Chapter 8 Monastic Issues in The Life of Augustine by His Disciple Possidius 147

Chapter 9 Praeceptum: The Rule of Augustine 167

Chapter 10 The Rule of the Four Fathers 191

Chapter 11 The Second Rule of the Fathers 225

Select Bibliography 243

Index of Scripture References 249

Index of Rule of Benedict References 250

Index of Names and Terms 251

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