For all who are on a spiritual journey or starting out on a search for meaning in their lives, there is a vast array of competing belief systems, therapies and guides on offer. Above the noise and clamour of this busy marketplace, a centuries-old speaks words of invitation:
"Who is there with a love of true life and a longing for days of real fulfilment? If you should hear that call and answer 'I', this is the answer that you will receive from God...."
So Begins the ancient Rule of St. Benedict, written fifteen hundred years ago as a simple manual for monks living in community together. Because of its gentle wisdom, realism and depth, the Rule has always stretched beyond the walls of monasteries and today, growing numbers of men and women are discovering that it can teach them something invaluable about themselves and how to live meaningful lives.
Wisdom From The Monastery contains a contemporary translation of the Rule of St Benedict and short reflections on the seven basic elements of Benedictine spirituality that are a tried and tested recipe for healthy, balanced and purposeful living.
An ideal place to begin a lifetime of exploration and discovery, Wisdom from the Monastery is an excerpt from The Benedictine Handbook, also available from Canterbury Press and available to buy from Ampleforth Abbey Shop.
127 pages paperback
Introduction by Anthony Marett-Crosby OSB and Part 1 St. Benedict's Rule -Introduction by Patrick Barry OSB Monks of Ampleforth Abbey
Part 2 Tools of Benedictine Spirituality by D.R.Dumm OSB, Michael Casey OCSO, Mary Forman OSB, L McTaggart , K Harris OSB, Richard Yeo OSB and Kathleen Norris