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

Paperback |English |0814633153 | 9780814633151

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

Paperback |English |0814633153 | 9780814633151
Overview

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 Lerins. In engaging fashion he shows how the lives and social milieu of these earliest founders shaped their monasticism. For example, readers will learn that:

  • Basil of Caesarea learned the monastic way from his sister Macrina.
  • Augustine shunned the term "monk" because of the bad reputation of local monks associated with the Donatist heresy.
  • Pachomian Rule instructs on the use of boats and how to hang out the wash in the burning Egyptian sun.
  • The Rules of Lerins begin with a call to community but then focus their attention on the superior.

Yet as varied as these Rules are, they are based on the same fundamental understanding of what a Christian monk and a Christian community should be; thus they furnish a solid foundation for the great edifice still to come.

ISBN: 0814633153
ISBN13: 9780814633151
Author: Terrance G. Kardong OSB
Publisher: Liturgical Press
Format: Paperback
PublicationDate: 2010-03-01
Language: English
PageCount: 275
Dimensions: 6.0 x 0.75 x 8.75 inches
Weight: 12.0 ounces

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 Lerins. In engaging fashion he shows how the lives and social milieu of these earliest founders shaped their monasticism. For example, readers will learn that:

  • Basil of Caesarea learned the monastic way from his sister Macrina.
  • Augustine shunned the term "monk" because of the bad reputation of local monks associated with the Donatist heresy.
  • Pachomian Rule instructs on the use of boats and how to hang out the wash in the burning Egyptian sun.
  • The Rules of Lerins begin with a call to community but then focus their attention on the superior.

Yet as varied as these Rules are, they are based on the same fundamental understanding of what a Christian monk and a Christian community should be; thus they furnish a solid foundation for the great edifice still to come.

Editorial Reviews


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


Terrence G. Kardong, OSB, (1936-2019), was a monk of Assumption Abbey, Richardton, North Dakota. He served as the editor of
The American Benedictine Review, and was the author of many books and articles.

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Overview

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 Lerins. In engaging fashion he shows how the lives and social milieu of these earliest founders shaped their monasticism. For example, readers will learn that:

  • Basil of Caesarea learned the monastic way from his sister Macrina.
  • Augustine shunned the term "monk" because of the bad reputation of local monks associated with the Donatist heresy.
  • Pachomian Rule instructs on the use of boats and how to hang out the wash in the burning Egyptian sun.
  • The Rules of Lerins begin with a call to community but then focus their attention on the superior.

Yet as varied as these Rules are, they are based on the same fundamental understanding of what a Christian monk and a Christian community should be; thus they furnish a solid foundation for the great edifice still to come.

ISBN: 0814633153
ISBN13: 9780814633151
Author: Terrance G. Kardong OSB
Publisher: Liturgical Press
Format: Paperback
PublicationDate: 2010-03-01
Language: English
PageCount: 275
Dimensions: 6.0 x 0.75 x 8.75 inches
Weight: 12.0 ounces

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 Lerins. In engaging fashion he shows how the lives and social milieu of these earliest founders shaped their monasticism. For example, readers will learn that:

  • Basil of Caesarea learned the monastic way from his sister Macrina.
  • Augustine shunned the term "monk" because of the bad reputation of local monks associated with the Donatist heresy.
  • Pachomian Rule instructs on the use of boats and how to hang out the wash in the burning Egyptian sun.
  • The Rules of Lerins begin with a call to community but then focus their attention on the superior.

Yet as varied as these Rules are, they are based on the same fundamental understanding of what a Christian monk and a Christian community should be; thus they furnish a solid foundation for the great edifice still to come.

Editorial Reviews


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


Terrence G. Kardong, OSB, (1936-2019), was a monk of Assumption Abbey, Richardton, North Dakota. He served as the editor of
The American Benedictine Review, and was the author of many books and articles.

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