Finding Sanctuary: Monastic Steps for Everyday Life

Finding Sanctuary: Monastic Steps for Everyday Life

by Christopher Jamison


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Finding Sanctuary: Monastic Steps for Everyday Life by Christopher Jamison

In Finding Sanctuary Abbot Christopher Jamison, host of the BBC television series The Monastery, suggests the teachings of St. Benedict are a tool for everyday life for those who are religious and for those simply searching for spiritual guidance.

The Monastery involved five non-monks living the monastic life for forty days while TV cameras tracked their progress. The sight of monks responding thoughtfully and helpfully to ordinary people's struggles was a surprise to millions of viewers who had presumed that monks were out of touch."

St. Benedict wrote his Rule for monastic living 500 years ago when he was abbot of Monte Cassino, the monastery that sits atop an inspiring Mountain to the East of Rome. The name, "The Rule of St. Benedict," often misleads people into thinking that Benedict wrote "a book of rules." In fact, he wrote insights for Christian living with practical suggestions for daily practice. The insights still guide people today and many of the rules have been adapted to local conditions as Benedict requested.

In every generation monastics integrate modern realities and the wisdom of the Rule in a new fusion. That fusion is the spiritual energy enabling monasteries to be places of sanctuary today as they have been for centuries. And that sanctuary can be recreated in the hearts of people of God's will. This book explains how St. Benedict's wisdom can be applied to busy modern lives, and how sanctuary, peace, and insi' can be achieved by people living inside and outside of monasteries.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780814632635
Publisher: Liturgical Press, The
Publication date: 07/01/2009
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 7.81(h) x (d)

About the Author

Christopher Jamison is former abbot of Worth Abbey, a Benedictine monastery near London. He is also president of the International Commission on Benedictine Education and sits on the Council of the Alliance for International Monasticism, a body that promotes links between monasteries across the North/South divide. He is author of Finding Sanctuary: Monastic Steps for Everyday Life and was the host of the popular BBC documentary series The Monastery.

Table of Contents

Prologue 1

Introduction 5

Part 1 Everyday Life

How Did I Get This Busy? 13

Part 2 Monastic Steps

Step 1 Silence 33

Step 2 Contemplation 51

Step 3 Obedience 71

Step 4 Humility 91

Step 5 Community 111

Step 6 Spirituality 137

Step 7 Hope 157

Lectio Divina: The Prodigal Son 175

Acknowledgements 179

Bibliography 181

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