Finding Sanctuary

Finding Sanctuary

Monastic Steps for Everyday Life

Book - 2006
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In Finding Sanctuary Abbot Christopher Jamison, host of the BBC television series The Monastery, suggests the teachings of St. Benedict are a tool for everyday life 'for those who are religious and for those simply searching for spiritual guidance.

The Monastery involved five non-monks living the monastic life for forty days while TV cameras tracked their progress. The sight of monks responding thoughtfully and helpfully to ordinary people's struggles was a surprise to millions of viewers who had presumed that monks were out of touch.

St. Benedict wrote his Rule for monastic living 1,500 years ago when he was abbot of Monte Cassino, the monastery that sits atop an inspiring mountain to the East of Rome. The name, The Rule of St. Benedict, often misleads people into thinking that Benedict wrote a book of rules. In fact, he wrote insights for Christian living, with practical suggestions for daily practice. The insights still guide people today and many of the rules have been adapted to local conditions as Benedict requested.

In every generation monastics integrate modern realities and the wisdom of the Rule in a new fusion. That fusion is the spiritual energy enabling monasteries to be places of sanctuary today as they have been for centuries. And that sanctuary can be recreated in the hearts of people of good will. This book explains how St. Benedict's wisdom can be applied to busy modern lives, and how sanctuary, peace, and insight can be achieved by people living inside and outside of monasteries.

Visit the Finding Sanctuary website, which offers further steps for finding sanctuary in your life.

Publisher: Collegeville, Minn. : Liturgical Press, c2006
ISBN: 9780814631683
Branch Call Number: 248.4 JAM
Characteristics: 182 p. : ill. ; 21 cm

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Nov 02, 2016

I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It is important to me that a spiritual/religious author have appreciation, respect, and acknowledge systems and beliefs outside the primary focus and practice of the author. Jamison speaks thoroughly and in depth of the Benedictine monastic tradition as well as throughout acknowledging and drawing parallels, pointing out similarities among other traditions. He remains very true and sincere in the path he has chosen and speaks at the same time appreciating the broader world of beliefs, practices, and approaches to the Divine.


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Jun 03, 2016

Father Christopher explains the principles beneath the monastic life that influenced the five young men who took part in the BBC experiment, The Monastery.

In it he lays the case for silence and sanctuary, and draws from monastic tradition to make practical suggestions on applying monastic wisdom to modern life.


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