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Four Ways of Holiness for the Universal Church: Drawn from the Monastic Tradition (Monastic Wisdom) [Paperback]

By Francis Kline (Author)
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Pages   159
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.48" Width: 6.06" Height: 0.41"
Weight:   0.49 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 2007
Publisher   Cistercian Publications
ISBN  0879070129  
EAN  9780879070120  

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We find the essence of holiness deep in the Scriptures, in the teaching and imitation of Jesus. When a Christian lives a particular way of holiness back to its scriptural source, we see in the person the Church as it waits for the Saviour, beyond all activities and ministries. We heart the testimony of that holy person speaking both of the peace and the energy of the last times, which the holy one sees as now. This is the experience of the contemplative. The contemplative aspect of the Church, where the Spirit is rushing things along to their fulfillment in his chosen one, has long been neglected. We are simply not aware of it in our ministerial preoccupations. Yet it is the place where all ministries are directed. In this book the author has chosen four ways of holiness which, if taken back to their scriptural source and lived there, help rectify the imbalances in our doctrinal and ecclesiastical life. Monasteries dedicated to profound Christian contemplation, as privileged places where the imbalance is righted, are essential to the revelation of the true nature of the Church, both in the daily reality as well as in the searing vision of Christ in glory.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Fr. Francis Kline, OCSO, left behind a promising career in classical music to enter monastic life at the age of 24. He had studied at the Julliard School and already attracted wide notice through a series of prominent organ recitals in New York City and Philadephia. He entered the Abbey of Gethsemani in Trappist, Kentucky, in 1972, where he lived until his election as Abbot of Mepkin Abbey in Moncks Corner, South Carolina, in 1990. He served in this capacity until his death in 2006.

Francis Kline was born in 1948 and died in 2006.

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Four Ways to Holiness for the Universal Church by Francis Kline  Mar 28, 2008
Francis Kline's book was published in October of 2007 a year after his untimely death. I only know of Francis Kline via a CD of organ music which he recorded in 2003 in the Abbey Church of Mepkin Abbey, South Carolina where he was third abbot of Mepkin Abbey. In addition, I read his book on Monasticism Being Loosed in the Church which was intriguing in its use of metaphor. The present book on 4 ways to holiness is a "must" read for those who want practical exposure on how to become a "living sacrifice" as Paul teaches in the 12th chapter of the Roman letter. Kline draws on his extensive practice of lectio as a Cistercian monk for over 30 years. Each of the chapters (Conversion, Suffering, Desire, and Unity) are soundly based in his reflection upon numerous passages of scripture especially those of the Gospels. The chapter on Suffering is actually an autobiographical essay on Abbot Kline's battle with cancer over a period of several years. This second chapter alone is worth the purchase of the book. Keen insights are given into the struggles of hospital stays and treatments along with trying to maintain his calling as a monk in the midst of it all. His essay on "conversion" (first chapter) is one of a daily conversion of life in the confines of routine work and a daily regimen of prayer lived out in community and in the presence of the God of the Bible. The third chapter investigates "Desire" as a call to give all to God through His Son Jesus as one becomes poured out as a fragrance and offering in service to others. The opening of chapter 5 of the Ephesian letter best describes the substance of the essay on Desire. "Therefore brothers, be imitators of God, as beloved children, and walk in love as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us, a sacrifice and fragrant offering to God."
The final essay develops the concept of a Christian's Unity being found, formed and ultimately transformed into the image of the Son of God through the Spirit of Jesus who was sent on Pentecost.

I am surprised there has not already been a review of this short book since its publication in 2007. I would hope that my feeble attempt will flush out others who will write a more scholarly and perhaps indepth review of what I see as an excellent resource for spiritual reading. Four Ways to Holiness for the Universal Church by Francis Kline will definitely be on my "reread" list in the very near future.

Ronald Davis

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