The Brotherhood of the Common Life and Its Influence

The Brotherhood of the Common Life and Its Influence

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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 a€œthe mixed life, a€ 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 todaya€™s search for meaning.Cf. Index: manual work. ... E. Kadloubovsky and G. E. H. Palmer (London 1954)] 82 nos. ... Cf. below, 100-101, 107, 111-12, 220ff. and Index: duality, and Meister Eckhart: aquot;A man should not escape from, nor evade nor deny his inner life, but he anbsp;...

Title:The Brotherhood of the Common Life and Its Influence
Author:Ross Fuller
Publisher:SUNY Press - 1995-03-09


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