Monastic Spirituality: The Quest for Peace

Podcast-style audio course - 6 Topics & 6 CDs
Length: 4 hrs and 48 mins
Sacred Heart University
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Monastic Spirituality: The Quest for Peace

Podcast-style audio course - 6 Topics & 6 CDs
Length: 4 hrs and 48 mins
Sacred Heart University
(1 customer review)
Audio Download + Subscription
$0.00

What can your spiritual ancestors teach you about holy living today?

Although they led ascetic lives centuries ago, St. Benedict, the Desert Fathers and Mothers, and other early Christian saints have much to teach everyone in the twenty-first century. Through their enduring writings, they created blueprints of the spiritual life that remain as powerful in our time as ever.

Now, with the modern mystic and monk Thomas Merton as your teacher, you can meet some of these great contemplatives and encounter their teachings. Under Merton’s guidance, you’ll travel back through centuries of our spiritual history to meet these men and women to whom God spoke.

You will begin by looking at the Rule of St. Benedict, which remains a relevant, practical, and faith-filled guide for holiness. Next, you will look at the beginnings of monasticism in the West before traveling to the East to meet the Desert Fathers and Mothers, whose Sayings remains one of the greatest works in the Christian tradition. You will also examine Athanasius’ The Life of

What can your spiritual ancestors teach you about holy living today?

Although they led ascetic lives centuries ago, St. Benedict, the Desert Fathers and Mothers, and other early Christian saints have much to teach everyone in the twenty-first century. Through their enduring writings, they created blueprints of the spiritual life that remain as powerful in our time as ever.

Now, with the modern mystic and monk Thomas Merton as your teacher, you can meet some of these great contemplatives and encounter their teachings. Under Merton’s guidance, you’ll travel back through centuries of our spiritual history to meet these men and women to whom God spoke.

You will begin by looking at the Rule of St. Benedict, which remains a relevant, practical, and faith-filled guide for holiness. Next, you will look at the beginnings of monasticism in the West before traveling to the East to meet the Desert Fathers and Mothers, whose Sayings remains one of the greatest works in the Christian tradition. You will also examine Athanasius’ The Life of Anthony, which is a treasure of the spiritual life.

As you will come to understand, the monastic life stresses that reality and the ideal life are not opposed to each other, but rather exist together. Through encountering the lives of these holy men and women, you will become more aware of Christ’s presence in the world. Join Merton in discovering the powerful—and timeless—wisdom of Christianity’s early masters today.

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*Photo of Thomas Merton by Sibylle Akers. Used with permission of the Merton Legacy Trust & Thomas Merton Center, Bellarmine University.

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Thomas Merton was a Trappist monk and bestselling author of such beloved works as The Seven Storey Mountain and New Seeds of Contemplation. One of the 20th century’s great mystics, Merton was also a masterful teacher who delivered powerful conferences to the novice monks at the Abbey of Gethsemani. In these conferences, Merton’s thinking moved from cloistered monastic life to issues of social justice and interreligious understanding. A spiritual sage and guide for countless men and women, Merton struggled with complex questions about God’s existence and the role of organized religion.

Those who knew him also experienced his gifts as a homilist and teacher. These special, remastered recordings are part of his spoken word legacy. They are actual recordings of Thomas Merton. By agreement with The Thomas Merton Legacy Trust, Now You Know Media has the sole right to record, master, re-master, duplicate, market, and disseminate copies of “The Merton Recordings,” which are a selection of the archives housed in the Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky.

 

  • Background to the Rule of St. Benedict (2/3/1963)
  • St. Martin of Tours and St. Anthony the Great (2/17/63)
  • The Influence of the Desert Fathers and Mothers on Benedict (2/24/63)
  • The Sayings of the Desert Fathers and Mothers: Revealing Christ to the World (3/3/63)
  • The Monastic Life: Sharing Joys and Sorrows (3/17/63)
  • Prayer and Coenobitic Monasticism (3/24/63)
  • Afterward by Fr. Anthony Ciorra, Ph.D.

1 review for Monastic Spirituality: The Quest for Peace

  1. Anonymous

    Fall Survey: October 2016

    I love to listen to Merton his humanity and humour and relatedness come through and his brilliance is overwhelming

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