Pillars of Community: Four Rules of Pre-Benedictine Monastic Life  -     By: Terrence Kardong
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Liturgical Press / 2010 / Paperback

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Did you know that four ancient Rules are the foundation of Western monasticism? In this book Terrence Kardong explores the lives and Rules of four of the earliest monastic writers - Basil, Pachomius, Augustine, and the anonymous author of the rules of Lérins. As varied as these Rules are, they are all based on a fundamental understanding of what a Christian community should be, furnishing a solid foundation for the great edifice to come. Paperback.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 252
Vendor: Liturgical Press
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0814633153
ISBN-13: 9780814633151
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Remain in me, as I remain in you.

Jesus ' disciples are given this command in John's gospel, and it is a command that extends to every one of his followers, including us. We deepen this mutual indwelling 'we in Christ and Christ in us 'each Sunday through the word and at the tale.

In Abiding Word, Barbara Reid, OP, takes the Sunday experience to every day with accessible weekly meditations on the lectionary readings of year. This collection of articles, which includes Scripture readings for Sundays and solemnities followed by reflections, allows readers to meditate on the connection between the sacred text and their daily lives. Living with the word day by day invites us into a closer relationship with Christ, the God who became flesh.

Barbara Reid is known for her contributions to The Word, a widely read column in America magazine. Abiding Wordshowcases some of her finest entries.

Barbara Reid, OP, is a Dominican Sister of Grand Rapids, Michigan. She holds a PhD in biblical studies from The Catholic University of America in Washington DC and is professor of New Testament and vice president and academic dean at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. Her most recent books areTaking Up the Cross: New Testament Interpretations Through Latina and Feminist Eyes (Fortress Press, 2007), The Gospel According to Matthew (Liturgical Press, 2005), Parables for Preachers (3 volumes; Liturgical Press, 1999, 2000, 2001), Choosing the Better Part? Women in the Gospel of Luke (Liturgical Press, 1996). She has led many of CTU's Israel Study Programs and Retreats. She is general editor for Wisdom Commentary Series (forthcoming from Liturgical Press).

Author Bio

Terrence G. Kardong, OSB, has been a monk of Assumption Abbey in Richardton, North Dakota, since 1956. Since 1982, he has served as editor of the American Benedictine Review. His many books include Pillars of Community: Four Rules of Pre-Benedictine Monastic Life and Day by Day with Saint Benedict. He has also produced highly regarded translations and commentaries on the Rule of Saint Benedict and St. Gregory the Great's Life of Saint Benedict.

Editorial Reviews

Kardong has the rare gift of being able to distill the results of a vast amount of complicated scholarship, often written in languages other than English, in a way that is highly readable, informative, and enjoyable. His style is clear and simple; his prose is wry and witty; and his discussions are peppered with insights gleaned from over fifty years of living as a cenobitic monk himself. He has produced a gem of a book.

Cistercian Studies Quarterly

Kardong’s achievement is remarkable. The reader finds Kardong to be a sure guide to the world of pre-Benedictine monastic life, providing him or her with the latest research. As always with Kardong, his own comments are as elucidating (and entertaining) as the subject he is writing about. Reading him is like sitting down over a cup of coffee with a sage who has the ability to make the ancient current, the recondite clear, and the potentially boring, exciting.
American Benedictine Review

For contemporary cenobitic communities, it offers strong conversation starters on the current challenges to living wisely.
Benedictines

This very interesting and important book is based on over twenty-five years of scholarly research spanning almost every aspect of cenobitic monasticism plus fifty years of lived monastic experience. As a scholar Terrence Kardong is famous for addressing significant topics and issues that other scholars tend to ignore. He always seeks to ask the better question and never settles for the easy answer no matter where the result leads. Pillars of Community is vintage Kardong making accessible in a creative and fresh way the very foundations of cenobitic monasticism. This book fills a gap in monastic history that has gone largely unnoticed for years.
Eugene Hensell, OSB
Saint Meinrad Archabbey, Indiana

In Pillars of Community, Terrence Kardong serves as a knowledgeable friend who walks with us through the lives and rules of those who were the first pillars of the cenobitic way of life. Thanks to his deft comments that don’t shy away from appreciating ancient texts in the light of modern situations, the curious customs, strong personalities, and situations of common life that we meet are recognizable, even across the centuries.
&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp Kardong wants us to read the sources squarely in context, sometimes of contention, e.g. Basil against the hyper-ascetic Eustathians. Especially appealing is his recounting of the life of Pachomius and the rules he formulated for his koinonia. As far-removed as Egyptians of the 4th century are from us of the 21st, one is startled at how familiar much of the legislation sounds. Both they and we have to contend with members who are tardy, surly, immature, and careless, and with situations that are tedious, unexpected, tricky, or irreme

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