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God Alone: A Spiritual Biography of Blessed Rafael Arnaiz Baron (Monastic Wisdom Series) Paperback – June 1, 2008


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  • Series: Monastic Wisdom Series (Book 14)
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Cistercian (June 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0879070145
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879070144
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.8 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,457,535 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gonzalo Maria Fern���ndez is a monk of Rafael's abbey of St Isidro. Hugh McCaffery is a monk of Mont Melleray Abbey in Ireland.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on October 14, 2009
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When I was very young, years upon years ago, a Carmelite nun I knew lent me a book of sayings by Rafael Arnaiz Baron. I loved that little book, and have searched for it, and information about Brother Rafael without any luck ever since that time.

Imagine my surprise when I saw that Brother Rafael was canonized recently. I searched again, and see that now there are a number of books about him! So I ordered this book immediately and read it yesterday. I plan to reread it as lectio, hoping to absorb Brother Rafael's devotion, perserverence and love.

Because that is what his life, and this book, is about. Not Brother Rafael, per se, although his life provides the framework. But instead it is a story of a love affair between God and a human soul. This young man had a love for God, and that love was expressed by an attraction to a trappist monastery during the Spanish Civil War. Brother Rafael entered and left the monastery a number of times: because of illness (he developed diabetes), and also for military service. Finally, he entered as an oblate (a sort of devotee that doesn't take vows). During his final few months in the monastery, he died at the age of 27.

My first thought is that it was not very prudent for the superiors to accept him, and that it had cost him his life. But on further thought, it seems clear that this was an exceptional case. He was filled with an attraction to the trappist way of life and a total commitment and love for God. This was the place for him.

This is a marvelous book, the kind that confounds modern prejudices and goals. What a man Brother Rafael was. I hope that many people read and profit from this lovely book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Luke Beckman on April 7, 2013
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I found this book very interesting from a human nature anad religious perspective. How one person puts the relationship withGod above all else,including their own life. Lots of Guts in their conviction. Not a book for everyone
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael W. Hawkins on May 4, 2010
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I am always amazed at stories on the lives of those who seek the path toward righteousness in spite of all obstacles. Saint Rafael sought that path not once, not twice, but three times in his short life and I believe he found it at the end. His story is uplifting to all believers and brings to our view one of the attributes scarce in our "modern" life, that of obedience to the call. He found that the monastic life brought peace & freedom. This small book allows us a peek into that blessed life which remains a light ahead of each one here to show the path out of the darkness of this world.
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By Jeffrey Harris on December 9, 2013
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I am an independent Trappist and I enjoy learning about those who have been giving their life over to God and his servant
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