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Christ the Ideal of the Monk

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Spiritual Conferences on the Monastic and Religious Life

"Every vocation, even the simple Christian vocation, comes from God. Our Lord Himself says 'No man can come to Me, except the Father draw him.' But it is God's love for us-and as we are born miserable, it is His merciful love-which is the origin of this call."

A work which goes to the heart of the Rule of St Benedict, this classic of the Irish Benedictine Blessed Columba Marmion has fed generations of God-seeking souls. Capable of touching the heart of anyone drawn to the monastic virtues, it is a book which grounds every aspect of the religious life in the person of Christ. "All the Divine mercies towards us have for their first principle this invitation to share, by adoption, in the Sonship of Christ Jesus," writes Abbot Marmion. "The monastic vocation itself only aims at perfecting this adoption, at making it more extensive, by a deeper participation in Christ's grace, by a more finished imitation of the Divine Model."

Drawing on centuries of tradition and monastic literature as well as decades of personal experience as a monk and father of souls, Abbot Marmion presents monastic observance in a way which is both accessible and profound. In the foreword to this new edition, Abbot Xavier Perrin says of this book: "Full of wisdom and simplicity, it provides an almost complete commentary on the Rule. One feels in it the power of the Gospel and the real grandeur of monasticism. It is able to give to monks and nuns, oblates and friends of monasteries, as well as to many Christians, a renewed trust in Christ and in St Benedict's sure guidance."

This centenary edition features entirely re-typeset, corrected references, new translations of all of Marmion's Latin quotations, and a new foreword by Abbot Xavier Perrin.

Editorial Reviews

The centenary of Abbot Marmion's Christ, the Ideal of the Monk is an apt occasion for any monk (really, any Christian!) to become familiar with one of the greatest spiritual works of the early 20th century. In his noble yet simple style, he directs the soul through a two-fold movement of "abnegation" i.e., where we separate the heart and the body from worldly attachments, and then, onward, to find our way to union with Christ through the Church's most perfect prayer, the Opus Dei - the Divine Office. This treatise for monks and believers alike can only be rivaled by St. Francis de Sales' Introduction to the Devout Life and St. Therese of Lisieux's Story of a Soul.-Fr. Gregory Schweers, O. Cist., Our Lady of Dallas Cistercian Abbey

Christ, the Ideal of the Monk, by Blessed Columba Marmion is one of the surest guides to understanding thoroughly the vocation of the religious life. It is a gift to the Church that Blessed Columba's conferences are once again available in print. The material beauty of the present volume produced by Silverstream Priory reflects the rich spiritual treasure of the conferences. Since the teaching of Saint Benedict of Nursia, the Patriarch of western monasticism, is the basis of all subsequent forms of religious life, Christ the Ideal of the Monk is an excellent source of teaching and inspiration for all religious, and for all those who wish to understand more fully the high calling of the vocation to the religious life.- Mother Maria Regina of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, F.L.M., Foundress and Superior of the Filiae Laboris Mariae

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Great book for spiritual reading and getting a more in depth look at The Rule of St. Benedict!