Learn More: References and Glossary
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- Aridas, Chris, Discernment: Seeking God in Every Situation, Locust Valley, NY: Living Flame, 1981.
- Barry, SJ, Rev. William A., Paying Attention to God, Notre Dame, IN: Ave Maria Press, 1990.
- Bryant, RSC, Sister Kathleen, Vocations Anonymous: A handbook for adults discerning priesthood and religious life, Chicago, IL: National Coalition for Church Vocations, 1997.
- Hakenwerth, Quentin, Following Your Inner Call, Chicago, IL: National Coalition for Church Vocations, 1981.
|The Rule of Benedict|
- Böckmann, Aquinata, Perspectives of the Rule of St. Benedict, Liturgical Press, 2005.
- Chittister, OSB, Joan, The Rule of Benedict: Insights for the Ages, NY: Crossroad, 1995.
- Chittister, OSB, Joan, Wisdom Distilled from the Daily: Living the Rule of St. Benedict Today, NY: Harper Collins, 1990.
- de Waal, Esther, Living with Contradiction: Reflections on the Rule of St. Benedict, NY: Harper Collins, 1989.
- Grün, OSB, Anselm, Benedict of Norcia with the Legacy of St. Benedict by Philip and Sally Scharper, BMH Publications: Schuyler Spiritual Series, 1992.
- Romero OSB, Mary Jane, Seeking: Reflections on the Rule, Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1972.
- de Waal, Esther, Seeking God: The Way of St. Benedict, Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1984.
- McQuiston, II, John, Always We Begin Again: The Benedictine Way of Living, Harrisburg, PA: Morehouse Publishing, 1996.
- Norris, Kathleen, The Cloister Walk, NY: Riverhead Books, 1987.
- Sammon, FMS, Sean, An Undivided Heart, Making Sense of Celibate Chastity, Staten Island, NY: Alba House, 1993.
- Tomaine, Jane, St. Benedict's Toolbox: The Nuts and Bolts of Everyday BenedictineLiving,Harrisburg, PA: Morehouse Publishing, 2005.
- Wiederkehr, OSB, Macrina, The Song of the Seed: A Monastic Way of Tending the Soul, NY: Harper Collins Publishers, 1995.
- Casey, Michael, Sacred Reading: The Ancient Art of Lectio Divina, Liguori, MO: Triumph Books, 1996.
- Bondi, Roberta, To Pray & To Love. Conversation on Prayer with the Early Church, Minneapolis, MN: Fortress, 1991.
- Brueggemann, Walter, The Message of the Psalms: A Theological Commentary, Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg, 1984.
- Dumm OSB, Demetrius, Flowers in the Desert: A Spirituality of the Bible, NY: Crossroad, 1987.
- Funk, Mary Margaret, Thoughts Matter: The Practice of the Spiritual Life, NY: Continuum, 1998.
- Keating, Thomas, The Kingdom is Like...Reflections on the Parables, NY: Crossroad, 1994.
- Keating, Thomas, Open Heart, Open Mind, NY: Amity, 1986.
- Main, John, Word into Silence, Ramsey, NJ: Paulist Press, 1981.
- Nouwen, Henri, With Open Hands, Notre Dame, IN: Ave Maria Press, 1972.
- Pennington, OSCO, Basil, A Place Apart, Doubleday, 1983.
- Stella, Tom, The God Instinct, Notre Dame, IN: Sorin Books, 2001.
- van Breemen, S.J., The God Who Won't Let Go, Notre Dame, IN: Ave Maria Press, 2001.
- Wiederkehr, OSB, Macrina, A Tree Full of Angels, NY: Harper Collins, 1988.
- Wiederkehr, OSB, Macrina, The Song of the Seed, ISBN 0-06-069554-4.
- www.nccv-vocations.org - information on vocation discernment
- www.visionguide.org - articles on vocation discernment and religious communities
|Magazines and Newspapers|
- U.S. Catholic - www.uscatholic.org
- America - www.americamagazine.org
- National Catholic Reporter - www.ncronline.org
- Vision - www.visionguide.org
- Spirituality & Health - www.spiritualityhealth.com
|Glossary of Benedictine Terms|
A monastery canonically erected and autonomous, with a community of not fewer than 12 religious, with an abbess as superior for women's communities, and an abbot as superior for men's communities.
|Active or Apostolic Communities|
|Cloistered or Contemplative Communities|
|Contemplative and Active Communities|
A religious community of either sex (most commonly used to refer to nuns)
|Liturgy of the Hours|
Obedience is our promise to be faithful listeners. We listen to the voice of the Spirit in Scriptures, in the Rule of Benedict, in the Prioress, in one another. We try to be guided by the question of what is truly best for ourselves, and for the community. Then, we seek to respond with generosity and courage.
Fidelity to the Monastic Way of Life is our promise to work through life – and life’s changes – with God at the center of our lives. We seek to be faithful to this way of life … and this life transforms us when we are faithful to it. It transforms us so that we turn to God in the midst of everything that happens in our lives – in joy, in pain, in everyday events. It transforms us during communal and private prayer, so that we can deal with the everyday stuff of life.
Stability is our promise to live the Benedictine life together. Rooted and strengthened by our lives in this community, celibacy enables us to devote our time and energy as Christ, in the service of others. Celibacy allows us to share ourselves fully with the world. Monastic poverty asks that we live simply, balancing our wants and needs.
A monastery whose superior is a prioress or prior.
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