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The Road To Eternal Life: Reflections on the Prologue of Benedict's Rule Hardcover – September 1, 2011


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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Liturgical Press (September 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814633846
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814633847
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,160,531 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As usual with Michael Casey’s books, The Road to Eternal Life is a treasure of monastic wisdom made accessible to people of today, in lay or monastic life. It doesn’t sacrifice depth but gives the reader the strong meat necessary to grow in the spiritual life.
Christine Fletcher, Benedictine University, Lisle, IL


Recently I asked Brother Patrick Hart of Gethsemani who was the best writer of our times. He said, you mean, after Merton? I said, yes. Who would be the best of my generation? He replied, without hesitation, Michael Casey, OCSO. Brother Patrick went on to say, he writes with clarity and depth. Reading this new book on the Prologue of the Rule of Benedict confirms Brother Patrick's affirmation.
Meg Funk, OSB, Our Lady of Grace Monastery, Beech Grove, Indiana

About the Author

Michael Casey, OCSO, has been a monk of Tarrawarra Abbey (Australia) since 1960. After completing a degree in Scripture at Leuven, he received his doctorate from Melbourne College of Divinity for a study of desire for God in the writings of Bernard of Clairvaux. For the past decades he has been engaged in exploring different aspects of monastic spirituality, writing, and giving conferences throughout the English-speaking monastic world. His books include The Road to Eternal Life: Reflections on the Prologue of Benedict’s Rule (Liturgical Press, 2011), Strangers to the City (Paraclete Press, 2005), and A Guide to Living in the Truth (Liguori, 2001).


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I have enjoyed his other books and have read them more thatn once.
Laurentia Doyle
Casey illuminates the St Benedict's Prologue clearly and precisely with amazing insight.
Neil Jones-Lumby
I recommend this book to all who are intentional about Christian spiritual formation.
George Goldsmith

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Joel Holtz VINE VOICE on October 7, 2011
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This is easily one of the best books I've ever read on the Rule of Benedict, and it's no surprise coming from one of the best writers on the planet today, Michael Casey.

50 short and easy to read chapters each focus on one of the verses in the Prologue to Benedict's Rule. Each one has so much wisdom and insight, but for me two of the best in the entire book are #2, OVERCOMING SLACKNESS, and #8, RISE UP FROM SLEEP. They both echo one of the recurring themes in the book, namely that walking the road to Eternal life takes perseverance and some effort.

Casey writes from the perspective of the monk, but any lay person will benefit richly from each chapter and be encouraged to walk with Christ in a more diligent and purposeful way. Just a couple of examples: .."the major obstacle to spiritual growth is inactivity, taking things easy, letting things look after themselves."(pg.15 "The sign of a holy upright person is a concordance among thought, word, and action." (pg.92)

One of the best yet from Liturgical Press!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Saint Canice on December 17, 2011
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Once again Casey is on the mark. This Trappist monk can get more profound meaning out of a few words than anyone I have ever read, especially as it relates to how to live your life. Chapter after chapter if filled with practical common sense direction. I have read some commentaries on the Rule that frankly can put you to sleep, not this one. It's profound without being deep. This monk speaks to everyman. I have read several books by Michael Casey, all 5 star and this one is in that catagory. This would be a good choice for any Benedictine Oblate and especially for novices. Highly recommended.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Marianna K. Neal on July 7, 2012
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Like other books by Michael Casey, this one is outstanding. His reflections are down to earth and make sense even in the 21st century. Although there are many books about the Rule, this one is unique in that it really delves into how St. Benedict's Rule is applicable today in our daily life. I don't think Michael Casey has ever written a book that this wouldn't be true for. He's one of the outstanding Benedictine writers today. You can never go wrong reading Michael Casey.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By V. Pettus on February 14, 2013
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The author writes in simple, clear style; he makes the words of the Rule make sense to modern day man. The book does not cover the entire Rule, but focuses on the Prologue which gives the essence of the spiritual life one should lead. A great book for those striving to find more spiritual meaning in their lives.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Helen Goodall on February 6, 2013
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This is a book that I come back and back to, each time finding new insights.Highly recommended and an
addition to works about the Benedictine spirituality that should become a classic
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By RL Bender on April 19, 2014
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Father Casey again demonstrates his profound insight into the human condition and the spiritual journey. It can serve fellow Christians in many ways; not the least of which is a text book to be studied, learned, assmilated, and cherished.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Billy D. on March 24, 2014
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Excellent review of the prologue. Casey gives a lot of information. A must book for people that want to study the Rule of St. Benedict.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 5, 2014
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Have benefited from Casey's life and writings over the years. This latest offering is no disappointment. During the reading of every page, there was always at least one sentence that made me pause and ponder and digest. Thank you Michael Casey!
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