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Wisdom the Good Life (Wisdom Literature and the Rule of Benedict The Way of Silence Engaging the Sacred in Daily Life (Hardcover) Christian Monks on Chinese Soil (A History of Monastic Missions to China)
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by Irene Nowell

Irene Nowell, OSB is a Benedictine of Mount St. Scholastica in Atchinson, Kansas

We all want to live well, but how can we put that desire into action? With thoughtful reflection on the biblical wisdom writers and the Rule of Benedict, Irene Nowell shows us how we too can live the good life. Each chapter includes reflection questions and meditative prayers, guiding us on a renewed journey toward wisdom and encouraging us to embody this wisdom more in our daily lives.

by Brother David Steindl-Rast
The Way of
draws heavily on Buddhist teachings to cultivate the
practice of "deep" listening: turning away from noise and
distraction, paying attention, and embracing quiet.
The Way of Silence
embraces paradox: absence versus presence in silence. Dynamic
tranquility. The all-oneness of aloneness. Humbly, trusting in God, you'll
practice emptying your mind in order to receive wisdom, insight, and
understanding. You'll learn to listen deeply, with a trusting heart—and you'll
joyously discover a new, interior freedom that will make you feel more vibrant,
and more fully alive.
by Matteo Nicolini-Zani

The contribution of monks to the evangelization of lands not yet reached by the preaching of the Gospel has certainly been remarkable. The specific witness that the monastic community gives is of a radical Christian life naturally radiating outward, and thus it is implicitly missionary. The process of inculturation of Christian monasticism in China required a bold spiritual attitude of openness to the future and a willingness to accept the transformation of monastic forms that had been received. In Christian Monks on Chinese Soil, Matteo Nicolini-Zani highlights the willingness of foreign monks to encounter the cultural and spiritual realities of China and the degree of acceptance by the Chinese of the form of monastic life that was presented to them by the missionaries.

Cover photo: Fathers Jehan Joilet, Raphael Vinciarelli, and Vincent Martin
Includes a whole chapter on the Belgium Benedictines, the founder's of our monastery in China.