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Always We Begin Again: The Benedictine Way of Living [Paperback]

By John McQuiston II (Author)
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Pages   104
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 6.1" Width: 4.06" Height: 0.3"
Weight:   0.17 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 1996
Publisher   Morehouse Publishing
ISBN  0819216488  
EAN  9780819216489  

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Accessible restatement of the Rule of St. Benedict for our day with observations on humility, routine, guests, silence, community, service, eating together, personal property, leadership, and lots more. Taking advantage of this ancient wisdom.

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Of No Use For Any Christian  Nov 29, 2007
This book is a self-described paraphrase of the Rule of Saint Benedict (in most references, minus the "Saint" - one can only wonder why). I found the removal of God and His replacement by the author with what really boils down to the god of this world to be emblematic of the whole book: it is an insult to Saint Benedict and to his heritage; to Christianity from which it sprung; to any and all who seek in any way, great or small to live the ideals of the *Christian* life which Saint Benedict espoused and taught. It is neither what Saint Benedict wrote nor what he taught, nor what he practiced - because it removes God and Christianity from the picture and replaces it with platitudes which have no anchor.
Always We Begin Again  Oct 17, 2007
The size of this "little book" may cause the reader at first to dismiss its importance. It is a volume that one should read and re-read again. Its message, a modern adaptation of very old rules for living, is lively and relevant for today. John McQuiston,II in restating the Rule of St. Benedict in this little book, has opened a pathway to enlightenment and peace for the harried modern. This is truly "soul food".
Attorney John serves a spectacular ministry as an "active lay leader in his congregation in Memphis" and through his well received prayerful writings and compilations of "lectio divino," a comforting and guiding ministry to each seeker and every Catholic who can reach these refreshing waters upon this this site.

Lawyers do not write like this. Lawyers use words as weapons that cut deeper than stilletos, and write words so labyrinthine and elaborate that no Daedalus can escape them. And yet here we read an attorney dedicating a full chapter in this manual of the ancient monastic Rule of Saint Benedict to reverent and respectful and prayerful silence.

Lawyers are not known to write this way, and yet this one does, profoundly and very touchingly, a comfort and a guide. How I wish he could lead a prayer liturgy at my local congregation, even here in Mexico!

And yet he can, by means of this holy book, which I hold in the dusty old chapel here, with John consolingly by my side and his good book in my grateful hand.

As ever, Attorney McQuiston includes classical quotations throughout from all traditions, including jurist Oliver Wendell Holmes, and as often, includes a few select pages labelled and lined for Reflections. But the strong meat and generous substance of this good book are his meditations upon the Rule of Our Holy Father Saint Benedict, meditations so profound and exact and revelatory that one would believe Brother John a long practicing monk like Merton, or Benedict, himself.

Yet a lawyer is he. Lawyers do not write like this. There is not profit in it, except within the Kingdom of Heaven which is among us, and in the wise approving smile of that famous reader and writer Saint Benedict of Nursia.

Please read this good book. Topics discussed are drawn directly from the ancient Rule, including the Twelve Steps of Humility, Self-forgetfulness, Guests, Community, Meals, Service, Silence, Good Works, Teaching and Learning, etc. The first words of the Rule are a command to Listen, and this McQuiston helps us to do, in our world of shouts and screams and gnashing of teeth.

"Our ability to listen should be our gift to those around us. Too much talk is sign of self-centerdness and insecurity. If you hear yourself talking excessively, take care. (p.44)"

Lawyers, paid by word and codicil, do not write like this. I, on the other hand, must now take care and compose myself into a listening silence.
Living Life One Day at a Time  Jan 30, 2007
This simple book guides one in dealing with life in a deeply spiritual way, and one of the truths I take from a daily reading of the book is to put yesterday behind me, don't bother myself with tomorrow which is obviously not yet here, and instead, focus on today. This is profoundly importaant to my life.

This book was first given to me by my daughter, and I have bought several other copies to give to members of my family.
I Love This Little Book  Dec 12, 2005
I used to own a bookstore (used/new/a little of everything) and I always kept this book on the shelf. It sold regularly, but I didn't get around to reading it until 3 years after I closed the store. It's full of great reminders, insights, spiritual wisdom. One of those books to keep handy and read a little bit now and then. Definitely a keeper (as opposed to those you can get from the library because you'll only read them once and never have any reason to ever refer to them again!!)

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