• The Brotherhood Of The Common Life And Its Influence

The Brotherhood Of The Common Life And Its Influence

The Brotherhood Of The Common Life And Its Influence

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  • Author
    Ross Fuller
  • Publisher
    Suny Press
  • Publication date
    09 March 1995

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Book Detail

  • Book Title

    The Brotherhood Of The Common Life And Its Influence

  • Author

    Ross Fuller

  • Date Published

    09 March 1995

  • Publisher

    Suny Press

  • Pages

    353 pages

  • ISBN

    0791422445

Book Description

This book presents a lost tradition of inner work, the way of the householder, which was believed by the Brotherhood of Common Life to have been the teaching of the Apostles. It focuses on the emergence, amidst the decay of medieval culture, of “the mixed life,” this reconciliation of action and contemplation, as the essential link between Catholic spirituality and Protestantism. The transmission of this work to lay persons seeking the interior dimensions of their lives without withdrawing from the world is presented.

The hitherto monastic spiritual exercises for strengthening attention are discussed in depth. The traditional and vital Christian knowledge of the human condition, which the Brothers and Sisters verified for themselves, is emphasized, especially the crucial significance of the force of attention in the recollection of oneself and God. The importance of strengthening attentive awareness is everywhere alluded to in the sources, but virtually ignored in current accounts of the Christian heritage.

The book traces a transmission of spiritual exercises supported by a strongpsychological base that is strangely familiar to the climate of today’s search for meaning.

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