Tomorrow marks the anniversary of the death of Henri Nouwen, one of the greatest Christian spirituality writers of the twentieth century.
(Our intro guide to Nouwen’s books)
If you have benefited from Nouwen’s work, here are ten must-read classics of Christian spirituality from earlier centuries that are available as FREE ebooks!
*** How many of these classics have you read?
|The spirit of Saint Benedict’s Rule is summed up in the motto of the Benedictine Confederation: pax (“peace”) and the traditional ora et labora (“pray and work”). Compared to other precepts, the Rule provides a moderate path between individual zeal and formulaic institutionalism; because of this middle ground it has been widely popular. Benedict’s concerns were the needs of monks in a community environment: namely, to establish due order, to foster an understanding of the relational nature of human beings, and to provide a spiritual father to support and strengthen the individual’s ascetic effort and the spiritual growth that is required for the fulfillment of the human vocation, theosis.
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