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Number of Pages: 176
Vendor: Liturgical Press
Publication Date: 2009
|Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.38 (inches)|
Pillars of Community: Four Rules of Pre-Benedictine Monastic LifeTerrence KardongLiturgical Press / 2010 / Trade Paperback$19.76 Retail:
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In his classic Second Book of Dialogues, Pope Gregory the Great lionizes Saint Benedict as hero and casts him predominantly in the role of miracle worker. Yet in his Rule, Benedict comes across more as a practical community organizer and premier spiritual father. In this volume, Terrence Kardong offers a fresh take on Gregory the Great's classic. He alternates between translated sections of the Diablo's and his own commentary. Crisp and direct, and infused with his wry and ever-present sense of humor, Kardong's writings sure to build up the spiritual life of readers and, equally important, to make them love St. Benedict..
Terrence G. Kardong, OSB, is a monk of Assumption Abbey, Richardton, North Dakota. He has been editor of The American Benedictine Review since 1982 and has written many books and articles, including Benedicts Rule: A Translation and Commentary and Benedict Backwards, both published by Liturgical Press.
Entering into the spirit of the Dialogues, Fr. Terrence offers us a lucid translation and a sensible commentary that explores the meaning of this spiritual classic. His vast knowledge allows him to link the text both to the Scriptures and to the spiritual tradition. His typical enthusiasm underlines the importance of St. Benedicts spiritual development. Finally Fr. Terrences clarity makes this work accessible to anyone interested in the spiritual life. - Harry Hagan, OSB, Saint Meinrad Archabbeyand School of Theology, Saint Meinrad, Indiana
Fr. Terrence Kardong brings to his study of Pope Gregorys Life of Benedict the same critical eye and balanced judgment that he brings to the Rule of Benedict. His commentary and footnotes situate Gregorys work in the context of early medieval hagiography while alerting the reader to the issues of contemporary research. Kardong presents a calm perspective on the debate about Gregorys authorship of Dialogues II. His commentary fills a gap in American Benedictine scholarship. - Abbot Jerome Kodell, OSB, Subiaco Abbey, Subiaco, Arkansas
BDOSBOBLATEFitzwilliam, NHAge: 45-54Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent versionMay 18, 2012BDOSBOBLATEFitzwilliam, NHAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I read Pope St. Gregory's Life of Benedict many years ago, so I was already familiar with the story. This version is terrific, as Fr. Kardong gives a commentary at the end of each section, listing Bible references and possible motivations by Pope St. Gregory. Although I knew the episodes in St. Benedict's life, I have a new appreciation for the stories Pope St. Gregory tells. I will be re-reading this many times.