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A Blessed Life - Benedictine Guidelines for Those Who Long for Good Days

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Catalog Code: 978-0-8146-1863-9

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Numerous laypersons have experienced that the guidelines of Saint Benedict's Rule offer inspiring and realistic ways toward a blessed life, aiming at the growth and flourishing of persons and communities in which they live and work.

As in his previous and successful book, The Rule of Benedict for Beginners, Wil Derkse in this sequel is searching for those basic attitudes and virtues that characterize Benedictine spirituality, making them available for those living and working outside a monastery. The cultivation of silence and restrained speech; the dedication to work and study; the importance of humility (which is the courage to serve); the cultivation of hospitality, care, and stewardship; mutual respect and taking care of speaking "good words"—these are the book's main topics. All these attitudes are boundary conditions for a life on which God’s blessing is resting.

Wil Derkse is married and a father of two adult daughters. He is an oblate with the Benedictine St. Willibrord's Abbey in Doetinchem, The Netherlands. He has degrees in chemistry and philosophy and has taught at several institutions of secondary and higher education. Since 2001 he is a director responsible for the Soeterbeeck Program for Science, Society, and Worldviews at the Radboud University of Nijmegen, where he also holds the Andreas van Melsen Chair.



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0814618634
978-0-8146-1863-9
112
8"  (20.3 cm) x 5 1/4"  (13.3 cm) x 0 2/5"  (1.01 cm)
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2009

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St. Willibrord of Echternach

Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 11/07


Patron Of: Against Convulsions, Holland, Netherlands, Convulsives, Against Epilepsy, Epileptics, Luxembourg

Also known as
    Apostle of the Frisians

Memorial
    7 November

Profile
    Son of Saint Hilgis. Educated at Ripon and Ireland under Saint Egbert. Missionary to Friesland and Luxembourg with Saint Swithbert. Benedictine monk. Founding bishop of Utrecht, Netherlands in 695. Worked with Saint Boniface, Saint Rumold, Saint Werenfridus, and Saint Adalbert of Egmond. Founded monasteries.

Born
    658 at Northumbria, England

Died
    7 November 739
    relics at Echternach

Patronage
    against convulsions
    against epilepsy
    convulsives
    epileptics
    Holland
    Luxembourg
    Netherlands
    Utrecht, Netherlands, archdiocese of



All information used with permission of the Patron Saint Index.

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