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A Not-So-Unexciting Life


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Carmel Posa, SGS
Chapter 1 Michael: A Short Biography
David Tomlins, OCSO
Chapter 2 Benedict's Balanced Lifestyle: Is This Your Life?
Helen Lombard, SGS
Chapter 3 The Exciting Life of Being a Questioner
Manuela Scheiba, OSB
Chapter 4 Welcoming the Word-Then and Now
David Barry, OSB
Chapter 5 Ritualizing Endings for the Sake of New Beginnings
Mary Collins, OSB
Chapter 6 Benedict and Francis: Two Popes and Two Saints in Conversation
Brendan Thomas, OSB
Chapter 7 Magistra Humilitas: Young Bernard's Hardest Lesson
Elias Dietz, OCSO
Chapter 8 Bernard of Clairvaux and Richard of Saint-Victor on the Pursuit of Ecstasy and the Development of a Mystical Theology
Constant J. Mews
Chapter 9 A Mirror for Abbots: The Pastoral Prayer of Saint Aelred
Bernardo Bonowitz, OCSO
Chapter 10 Who Wrote the Rule of Walbert?
Terrence Kardong, OSB
Chapter 11 Medieval English Nuns and the Benedictine Rule: The Evidence and Example of Wintney Priory
Elizabeth Freeman
Chapter 12 Some Benedictine Legacies
Austin Cooper, OMI
Chapter 13 Cloister and Community
Katharine Massam
Chapter 14 Aequo animo: With a Quiet Mind
Margaret Malone, SGS
Chapter 15 Monasticism in an Age of Transition: A European Perspective
Bernhard A. Eckerstorfer, OSB
Chapter 16 Musings of a (Post)Modern Monastic Historian
Columba Stewart, OSB
Chapter 17 Father Michael Casey, OCSO: A Teacher of Monks for our Time: An Interview
Francisco Rafael de Pascual, OCSO
End Note: Michael Casey: A Poet of the Logos
Bishop Graeme Rutherford
List of Contributors
Select Bibliography

About the Author

Carmel Posa, SGS, has been a Sister of the Good Samaritan of the Order of St. Benedict since 1989. She earned her master's degree from Saint John's University, Collegeville, Minnesota, in 1996 and was awarded a doctorate from the Melbourne College of Divinity in 2009. She has been a senior lecturer in theology at Notre Dame University, Australia, and is a founding dean of the New Norcia Institute for Benedictine Studies and co-editor of Tjurunga: An Australasian Benedictine Review.


"This is a marvelous and creative collection of essays designed to honor Michael Casey for his pivotal contributions to monastic thinking in our time. The essays help us to know Michael's thought better in two different ways. Some engage him directly and dialogue with him. Others take their inspiration from themes that he himself has opened up and explored. So many of us are grateful for Michael, and I am grateful for this book which does him honor."Abbot Jeremy Driscoll, OSB, Mount Angel Abbey
"In this current era, we have to step up with our best. This book is just that: Cistercian Publications found writers writing their best to celebrate the monk who is our best writer of our lifetime."Mary Margaret Funk, OSB
"This volume is a ringing testimony to the return to the sources of Benedictine monasticism stimulated by the renewal of Vatican II, and also to the remarkable contribution to that effort by Australia, which provides over half the authors for this collection. No one will question the expression of gratitude to Michael Casey, who has been at the heart of this movement both worldwide and locally. With these essays readers will be able to catch up on research of recent years and also to share the excitement of new investigations. The book is clear evidence that the renewal in Benedictine studies is far from over."Fr. Jerome Kodell, OSB, Subiaco Abbey, Arkansas
"Through the years, monastic men and women have been treated to the writings of Father Michael Casey. With an intellectual undercurrent, he has been able to communicate to us some of the important spiritual and pastoral elements of life under the Rule of Saint Benedict in a manner that is consistently inviting, useful, and inspiring. That same spirit pervades the series of articles that rightly honor his contribution to monastic literature these recent decades."Abbot Primate Gregory Polan, OSB, Sant'Anselmo, Rome
"For those who are unfamiliar with the influence of the Benedictines and Cistercians on the universal Church, the volume's seventeen chapters will offer accessible, but scholarly, touch points for Benedictine history and its importance for the life of the Church today."Catholic Library World
"This book is a goldmine. A worthy tribute to one who certainly qualifies as one of the greatest monastic writers of our time." The American Monastic Newsletter

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