Centered on Christ:  A Guide to Monastic Profession  -     By: Augustine Roberts
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Centered on Christ: A Guide to Monastic Profession

Cistercian Publications Inc / 2005 / Paperback

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Hidden in every human heart is a monk. For men and women in the cloister and in the world, Augustine Roberts explores the inner meaning of the conversatio morum, conversion of life, that underlies Benedictine life. The first, Spanish, edition of this book drew heavily on novitiate notes by Thomas Merton; in this third, completely revised edition, the author takes into account two new factors--Vita Consecrata, Pope John Paul II's 1996 Apostolic Exhortation, and the postmodern secularization which has deeply affected Christians. By clarifying various aspects of monastic living, Augustine Roberts explains how the signs of monastic living and commitments of monastic profession relate to the evangelical counsels, Jesus' invitation to leave all things and follow him.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 280
Vendor: Cistercian Publications Inc
Publication Date: 2005
Dimensions: 8 1/2 X 5 1/2 (inches)
ISBN: 0879070749
ISBN-13: 9780879070748
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Series: Monastic Wisdom

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Hidden in every human heart is a monk." For men and women in the cloister and in the world, Augustine Roberts explores the inner meaning of the conversatio morum, conversion of life, that underlies Benedictine life. The first, Spanish, edition of this book drew heavily on novitiate notes by Thomas Merton; in this third, completely revised edition, the author takes into account two new factors 'Vita Consecrata, Pope John Paul II's 1996 Apostolic Exhortation, and the postmodern secularization which has deeply affected Christians. By clarifying various aspects of monastic living, Augustine Roberts explains how the signs of monastic living and commitments of monastic profession relate to the "evangelical counsels," Jesus's invitation to leave al things and follow him.

The son of missionaries to China, Augustine Roberts entered monastic life in 1953 in Massachusetts. Over the years he has served as Novice Master and Superior in Argentina, Superior in Belgium, and Procurator General at the Generalate in Rome. He is now Abbott of the Cistercian-Trappist community at Azul, Argentina.

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Augustine Roberts, OCSO, has been a Trappist monk since the early 1950s. After serving as abbot of St. Joseph's Abbey in Spencer, Massachusetts, he became Procurator General of the Trappist Order. In the 1960s he was one of the founders of the first abbey of his Order in South America, later serving as its abbot. Today he is a much sought-after guide, called to help many communities in the delicate task of adapting the perennial monastic way of life to the needs of the twenty-first century.

Bernardo Olivera, OCSO, is abbot of Nuestra Seora de los ngeles in Azul, Argentina. He served as Abbot General of the Cistercians of the Strict Observance from 1990 to 2008. Dom Bernardo is author of How Far to Follow? The Martyrs of Atlas (Cistercian Publications), as well as many books published in South America.

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This book ought to be read by many, not only those within monastic communities. The hope might be that in time the wider audience of the Church could come to see the book's unique contribution to the spiritual life of conformity, conversion, and transformation that each Christian is called to achieve with Christ and by his grace.
Cistercian Studies Quarterly

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