by Michael Casey, OCSO (Liturgical Press, 2011), $19.95 hardcover.

Esther de Waal comes to the Rule of St. Benedict as a lay woman who has studied the Rule and striven to live it. Benedict has been for her both supportive and challenging, both guide and prophet. His Rule asks not for blind obedience and conformity but for personal responsibility.

by Esther de Waal. ISBN: 978-0-8146-2358-9, LP, $19.95.

 by S. Macrina Wiederkehr OSB. ISBN: 978-0-8146-3383-0 (Liturgical Press, Sept. 2011) $15.95.

Associates of Holy Cross (Anglican) .

Father Hugh Feiss OSB,, has published numerous books and articles on medieval monasticism and he directs the , founded in 1994. Recently he compiled a new of the monastery.

There is a new website for Camaldolese oblates at .

"Oblates in Western Monasticism" by Derek G. Smith first appeared in . The article traces the history of oblates from the infant oblates mentioned in of Saint Benedict's to the re-invigoration of Benedictine Oblates after Vatican II. "The free and supple structure of oblature adapts well to a wide variety of religious temperament and social circumstance. It seems to present marvelous and large opportunities for the life of intensive Christian meditation and prayer; it is a rich inheritor of, and contributor to, the life of evangelical humility and simplicity envisioned by Our Holy Father Benedict, a man of God for all times" .

by John Michael Talbot. ISBN: 978-0-8146-3385-4 (Liturgical Press, September 2011, $15.95).

Fourth, after you have watched Bart’s presentation, pray for him.

In Dom David Knowles OSB , monk of Downside Abbey and, later in life, Regius Professor of History at Cambridge, published a popular essay entitled . An abridged version that includes the most important chapters that present the essential characteristics of Benedictine life is available online since the end of May .

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An article first published in traces the origin, history and development of "." The essay was written by Frater Bernardine Patterson OSB, a junior monk of Saint John's Abbey who later became one of the early members of St. Maur Priory, the first bi-racial Benedictine monastery in America, founded in from Saint John's at South Union, Kentucky. Authentic are available from Liturgical Press. Any priest or deacon may.

: On the Rule of St. Benedict by G. A. Simon ( Wipf & Stock, Reprint ed., 2009).

(formerly Saint Benedict Center), Madison, WI, offer a.

Saint John's Abbey, Collegeville, makes available online . Founded by (1929-2014), colorful design and expanded content lend itself to the .pdf format for which an Acrobat Reader is required. The magazine is written for oblates, friends and benefactors.

The Oblate Forum facilitates communication among Oblates at . It is managed by a team of oblates.

On the USC web page, it explains:

“Clarke’s eloquently and cogently written book should be of interest to everyone concerned with religious communities because he raises methodological issues that are pertinent to those interested in both Buddhist and non-Buddhist traditions. By employing an impressive array of sources in various languages, he gives us a carefully nuanced and fascinating study of the relationship between early Indian Buddhist monastic and familial life. Numerous translations of evidence from a variety of genres and astute analyses keep the reader riveted to his account. After reading this, my view of Buddhist monasticism will never be the same. This is clearly destined to be a classic in the field.”—Paul Groner, University of Virginia

Many oblates also participate in , another lively and highly ecumenical Yahoo forum.

In other words, he’s gone public with his new views.

“In this volume, Shayne Clarke effectively questions some fundamental assumptions about the nature of Indian Buddhist monasticism and opens our eyes to the fact that monks and nuns, when they became monks and nuns, did not necessarily sever all family ties. Rather, they continued, long after their ordinations, to maintain various types of connections—social, emotional, economic, residential, and sexual—with their kith and kin. By brilliantly mining often overlooked sources in Chinese, Tibetan, Sanskrit and Pali, the author exemplifies and analyzes these ongoing relations, which have generally been thought of as anomalies and aberrations, and shows that they may more accurately be viewed as monastic affirmations of accepted behaviors. This book is a major accomplishment that will do much to change our understanding of the practice of Indian Buddhism.“—John Strong, Bates College