Bernard of Clairvaux: Monastic Sermons

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Liturgical Press, Sep 15, 2016 - Religion - 480 pages
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Saint Bernard was born in 1090 near Dijon, France. He joined the fifteen-year-old monastery of Cīteaux in 1113. In 1115 he became the founding abbot of Clairvaux Abbey, whence his name, Bernard of Clairvaux. Saint Bernard was a gifted and prolific writer of theological treatises, Scriptural commentaries, letters, and many sermons. The sermons in the collection published here, styled Sermones de diversis (Sermons about Various Topics),lack the specific point of departure that characterizes his other sermons. That is, whereas the sermons on the Song of Songs are a verse-by-verse commentary on that biblical book and his Sermons for the Year follow the liturgical calendar, this collection of sermons deals with his various pastoral concerns. Since Scripture is always Bernard’s point of departure and inspiration, the sermons often read like a Scripture study, but what comes through equally is the voice of an understanding spiritual father who is a masterful student of Scripture, biblical language, and the needs of his monks.

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Conrad Greenia OCSO was a lay brother and founding member of the cistercian community of Mepkin Abbey in South Carolina. Hugh McCaffery OCSO is a monk of Mount Melleray Abbey in County Waterford, Ireland. Michael Casey OCSO is prior of Tarrawara Abbey in Victoria, Australia, and a well-known writer on monastic subjects.

Michael Casey was born in 1947 in Lowell, Massachusetts. He was drafted into the U.S. Army and served as a military policeman in Vietnam. Among his books of poems are MILLRAT (Adastra Press, 1999), The Million Dollar Hole (Orchises, 2001), and Obscenities, which was chosen by Stanley Kunitz as the Yale Younger Poet Award for 1972 and reprinted by Carnegie Mellon University Press in 2002. His most recent book is CHECK POINTS (Adastra Press, 2011).

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