Perspectives on the Rule of Saint Benedict: Expanding Our Hearts in Christ  -     By: Aquinata Bockmann, Matilda Handl, Marianne Burkhard
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Perspectives on the Rule of Saint Benedict: Expanding Our Hearts in Christ

Liturgical Press / 2005 / Paperback

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Benedict's Rule is the most influential document on monasticism in the Western world. Bockmann, one of its leading commentators, teases out the implications of verses 1--4 and 45--50 in the prologue as well as chapters 72, 73, 58, and 53---just where Benedict most diverged from the Rule of the Master. 250 pages, softcover. Liturgical Press.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 264
Vendor: Liturgical Press
Publication Date: 2005
Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)
ISBN: 0814630413
ISBN-13: 9780814630419
Availability: Available to ship on or about 10/16/14.

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The Rule of Saint Benedict has shaped monastic life for centuries. Perspectives on the Rule of Saint Benedict provides a unique guide to the richness of this Rule. Focusing on vv. 1-4, 45-50 of the Prologue and chapters 72, 73, 58, and 53, Sister Aquinata Backmann presents an interpretive key for understanding the entire Rule and appreciating its spiritual and practical values. Presenting a wealth of material, she never loses sight of the christological center of the Rule or the questions involved in living it in our time, both in monasteries and the world.

Combining the tools of a scholar with the love of a Benedictine, Sister Aquinata focuses on the parts of the Rule where Benedict's own teaching is most clearly expressed. She has a special gift of presenting complex ideas and challenging insights in a manner accessible to non-specialists without compromising the depth of her research. This book will be engaging for scholars, monastics (whether professed or in formation) oblates, and non-monastics.

Chapters are Prolog 1 '4: Listen, Excursus: Militia, Prolog 45 '50: School of the Lord's Service, Excursus: Scola, Chapter 72: Of the Good Zeal which Monks Ought to Have, Excursus: Brotherhood, Chapter 73: That This Rule Does Not Contain the Full Observance of Justice, Excursus: Dynamism, Chapter 58: The Procedure for Receiving Brothers, Excursus: RB within Monastic Tradition, Excursus: Seeking God, Excursus: Stability, and Chapter 53: About the Reception of Guests, Excursus: Hospitality in Sacred Scripture, before RB.

Aquinata Beckmann, OSB, PhD, is a member of the Benedictine Missionary Sisters of Tutzing, Germany. She has taught in Rome since 1973 at the Pontifical Institute for Spirituality and Moral Theology Regina Mundi and as the first woman professor at Saint ' Anselmo. She was the formation director of her congregation's novitiate in Rome and a board member of the alliance for International Monasticism.

Author Bio

Aquinata Bockmann, OSB, PhD, is a member of the Benedictine Missionary Sisters of Tutzing, Germany. She has taught in Rome since 1973 at the Pontifical Institute for Spirituality and Moral Theology Regina Mundi and as the first woman professor at Sant' Anselmo. She was the formation director of her congregation's novitiate in Rome and a board member of the Alliance for International Monasticism.

Editorial Reviews

This Rule of Benedict is a book of ethical teaching, moral teaching, and a work about God and getting to know and live with him, a means of expanding our hearts in Christ. It says stay with God.

Examiner.com

Böckmann emerges not only as a first-rate scholar of the Rule, but as a wise teacher whose lived experience of the Rule brings to her commentary a freshness that will appeal not only to those who work intimately with the Rule, but to those who are just beginning to become acquainted with its treasures.
American Benedictine Review

Many Benedictines have enjoyed Sister Aquinata Böckmann’s clarity of thought in the oral presentations she has given on the Rule of Benedict around the world. . . . For Sr. Aquitinata, the key to understanding Benedict lies in RB 72:11-12: ‘To prefer absolutely nothing to Christ who will lead us all together to eternal life.’ With these ‘perspectives,’ followers of Benedict soon realize that they are in the presence of a monastic classic.
Benedictines

This is a model of scholarly exegesis, steeped in patristic and Biblical studies aimed at those who work closely with the Rule. I would use this book in its entirety with graduate students, and in excerpts with undergraduates . . . they have here an excellent model for doing close textual analysis.
Catholic Studies An Online Journal

… provides a thoroughly scholarly look at life and love as focused on Christ by the Benedictine Rule.
Review for Religious

. . . an attractive, well-edited book.
Cistercian Studies Quarterly

Aquinata Böckmann is one of the leading commentators on the Rule of St. Benedict today.
Cistercian Studies Quarterly

Recommended for theological collections.
Catholic Library World

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