Pillars of Community : Four Rules of Pre-Benedictine Monastic Life

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  • Copyright: 2010-04-15
  • Publisher: Liturgical Pr
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Anyone who has explored a great Romanesque church has been impressed, even awed, by the mighty stone foundations supporting the great central tower. As four pillars give a firm base to these soaring structures, so four ancient Rules stand beneath the foundations of Western monasticism, giving a structure on which later spiritual architects, Benedict among them, would build. 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 Lrins. In engaging fashion he shows how the lives and social milieux of these earliest founders shaped their monasticism. For example, readers will learn that:

Author Biography

Terrence Kardong, OSB, is a monk of Assumption Abbey in Richardton, North Dakota. He is editor of American Benedictine Review and author of Benedict's Rule, Day by Day with Saint Benedict, and Life of St. Benedict by Gregory the Great, all published by Liturgical Press.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
Introductionp. xi
The Life of Basilp. 1
The Rule of Basil: I (Long Rules Prologue and 1-7)p. 15
The Rule of Basil: II (Themes from Long Rules 8-55)p. 45
The Life of Pachomiusp. 61
The Rule of Pachomius: I (Precepts 1-57)p. 87
The Rule of Pachomius: II (Precepts 58-97)p. 107
The Rule of Pachomius: III (Precepts 98-144)p. 125
Monastic Issues in The Life of Augustine by His Disciple Possidiusp. 147
Praeceptum: The Rule of Augustinep. 167
The Rule of the Four Fathersp. 191
The Second Rule of the Fathersp. 225
Select Bibliographyp. 243
Index of Scripture Referencesp. 249
Index of Rule of Benedict Referencesp. 250
Index of Names and Termsp. 251
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