Seeking Life: The Baptismal Invitation of the Rule of St. Benedict

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In Seeking Life: Benedictine Wisdom for the Baptized, Esther de Waal focuses on the prologue to the Rule of Saint Benedict and shows how it contains the clues we need to both understand and live by the vows made at our baptism. With her characteristic insight and wisdom, Esther de Waal draws out enduring spiritual teaching on how to live when reborn "of water and the spirit."
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Overview

In Seeking Life: Benedictine Wisdom for the Baptized, Esther de Waal focuses on the prologue to the Rule of Saint Benedict and shows how it contains the clues we need to both understand and live by the vows made at our baptism. With her characteristic insight and wisdom, Esther de Waal draws out enduring spiritual teaching on how to live when reborn "of water and the spirit."
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

Seeking Life is destined to be another classic from the noted author Esther de Waal. Here she offers a refreshing, yet theologically solid, reflection on the Sacrament of Baptism and the rites and rituals leading up to this event during Easter Vigil.
Catholic Library World

Seeking Life is a marvelous book. Whether it be used as spiritual reading or explicitly in preparation for the renewal of the Baptismal Covenant at the Easter Vigil, Seeking Life offers a rich resource on the meaning of Christian identity.
Anglican Theological Review

Seeking Life is a wonderful tool for meditation on Easter, baptism, and Benedictine monasticism. De Waal reflects on various phrases of the Prologue in conjunction with baptism—the first words of the Prologue are ‘Listen my son,’ calling us to listen to God who speaks through the Bible, the Word of God, and through the superiors and others.
Sooner Catholic

Don’t even recall when you last renewed your baptismal promises? Esther de Waal suspects many believers become ho-hum about the life-changing mission we accepted at Baptism. She offers ‘a deep look at the deep past’ to reignite our commitment to the risen Christ, taking us into the dramatic Baptism ritual embraced by the early Christians. Baptism for them was above all ‘urgent,’ a ‘turning toward this promise of life and freedom.’ Seeking Life also delves deep into the Rule of St. Benedict, a monastic pioneer who, says de Waal, sought ‘people who are fully alive, who live life to the full.’
Catherine O’Connell-Cahill, Senior Editor, U.S. Catholic

This collection of reflections on the Prologue of the Rule of St. Benedict and baptism is a beautifully crafted work, meant to be savored over time. . . . This book will appeal to a wide readership. It could serve as a rich sourcebook for catechetical work, particularly those engaged in ministries related to baptismal preparation. Homilists will appreciate its breadth of thematic content. The general reader seeking nourishment for the spiritual journey will recognize in de Waal a loving companion and guide.
Prairie Messenger

Seeking Life is particularly appropriate for preparation for Easter and the renewal of baptismal vows.
Christian Century

I warmly recommend it.
Cistercian Studies Quarterly

Stating to be a road map to the road that leads to life, author Esther de Waal hopes to inspire a return to faith in her readers. Seeking Life as such, is a fine choice for Christian readers.
Midwest Book Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814618806
  • Publisher: Liturgical Press, The
  • Publication date: 4/1/2009
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 1,305,077
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author


Esther de Waal is one of today's most celebrated spiritual writers. Seeking God, her classic book on the relevance of the Rule of Saint Benedict, has opened up the riches of the monastic tradition to readers throughout the world for almost twenty-five years. Greatly in demand as a speaker and retreat leader, she lives in Herefordshire, UK.
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