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This, and its companion portrait of Abbot Biagio Milanesi, are among the few
examples of individual portraiture from late medieval or Renaissance
monasticism. Strikingly personal, this picture is nevertheless timeless - the face
might be that of a monk of any age, including our own. observed, and lay-
brothers were introduced. Neither Melk nor Kasti formed congregations in the
canonical sense; they were free unions, and as such liable to dissolve. More
permanent success attended a ...
Thus the English congregation, hitherto based on the model of Sta Giustina,
secured a change to the older style of things, and within the Benedictine body
several individual houses transferred themselves from a congregational to an
autonomous status. Leo xiii, who desired to bring the whole body of Benedictine
monks into some sort of union, founded the great international college of Sant'
Anselmo, and placed at its head an 'abbot primate' without ordinary jurisdiction
over any ...
At the moment the contemplative life is at a discount among those discussing the
implications of the Second Vatican Council, and it is in any case a dangerous,
ambiguous word, which changes its meaning and application as one shifts from
the spiritual life of the individual to the external occupation of the community. In
the latter realm, where its traditional sense is of engagement in occupations
directed to no other end than the knowledge by the individual of the nature of
God and his ...
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - antiquary - LibraryThing
This was very interesting in showing how severely monastcism had declined in the 18th-19th centuries in Europe and how strikingly it had recovered in the 20th century until the new decline following the 1960s. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - ddonahue - LibraryThing
Described by Norman Cantor as "the outstanding accomplishment in medieval studies by a Catholic in this century. It is also one of the enduring works of historical literature in the English language, placing Knowles in the pantheon with Gibbon, Macaulay, and Maitland." Read full review