Writings on the Contemplative Life
In 'Essential Monastic Wisdom', Fr Hugh Feiss collects the essential writings of the monastic tradition - in one great omnibus - for a thorough introduction to the rich history and values of Christian monasticism. Key texts by saints, monks, and scholars, both ancient and contemporary, explore the daily activities in the monastery, the character traits that the monastic orders inculcate in their members, and the passions of desire and love that animate their lives.
Brief original essays by Fr Feiss at the beginning of each section provide a historical and theological context for the readings that follow and suggest how the lessons of the monastic way can provide practical insights for balanced and satisfying living. While 'Essential Monastic Wisdom' is rooted in Christianity, the book is intended for all readers with an interest in the lessons and values of monastic life, regardless of their religious convictions.