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A Guide to Living in the Truth: St. Benedict's Teaching on Humility Paperback – March 13, 2001
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Monk and scholar Michael Casey focuses on the foundational virtue of humility, the subject of the seventh chapter of St. Benedict's Rule. After briefly considering what humility is not (passivity, self-hatred, or mere resignation), Casey provides a meditative, line-by-line commentary, drawing from sources as diverse as St. Bernard of Clairvaux and Albert Camus to clarify the sixth-century text.
The reader may feel some resistance to the message of this book. St. Benedict's view of human nature is unflinching, and his emphasis on the effort required to purge our selfishness is not for the faint-hearted. But Casey does an admirable job of framing Benedictine spirituality in the contexts of common sense, psychological insight, and the mercy of God.
Rather humbly, Casey largely leaves the reader to apply this ancient wisdom to less cloistered lifestyles. But be advised. You may find that this thoughtful introduction to the heart of the Church's original twelve-step program changes your spiritual life more than you expected.
As a practicing monk, the author explains and expands on St. Benedict's teaching on humility in ways that are practical for all believers. I found myself taking notes and underling quite a bit. Once I finished it, it went back on my "to read" shelf immediately. I might break it out during Lent to re-read. Maybe annually. It's that good.
In an age of marketing and self-promotion, this is a scriptural counter-point. Well written.
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Michael Casey is awesome! We are Benedictine Oblates and this book is perfect for our study collection. Great Author! Great Book!Published 9 months ago by Peggy's Posts
I found this book to be an excellent guide to be in relationships as Christ calls us to be. Humility is the key!Published on April 3, 2014 by Stephen Horsman
This book gives a sound interpratation on the steps of humility. Anyone who wants to study the Rule of St. Benedict should get this book.Published on March 24, 2014 by Billy D.
Fr. Casey is a talented writer who brings St. Benedict's rule to life in the present time.A careful reading has the potential to bring positive change to a person's life.Published on February 8, 2014 by Katharine Keenan