The Rule of Benedict, one of the most influential documents in Western civilization, has its roots planted deeply in the scriptures. As a result, the forms of monastic life and the spirituality it engendered among lay men and women grew out of a loving reading of the bible. In this book Benedictine scholar Demetrius Dumm traces those roots and shows how the Judeo-Christian scriptures shine through the monastic way of life, its attitudes and forms of praying. He points out that the hospitality often associated with the Benedictines begins with the entertainment of God’s presence by quiet, trusting prayer, and he shows that the practice of Christian discipline is intended more for exposing and eliminating illusions than imposing order. Readers of all backgrounds who honor the wealth of the Christian heritage will welcome this wise and stirring book.
“With the heart of a poet and the mind of a scholar, Demetrius Dumm has fashioned a lovely work revealing how the Rule of Benedict has been enriched by Benedict’s love of the scriptures. This book will delight not only monastics but all seekers of truth. The growing interest in monastic spirituality makes this an especially timely offering.”
—Macrina Wiederkehr, O.S.B., author of The Song of the Seed.
Softcover. 162 pages.
About the Author:
Rev. Demetrius Dumm, O.S.B., was a monk and priest of Saint Vincent Archabbey in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, who died in 2013 at the age of 90,
He received a doctorate in theology from the Atheneum of Saint Anselm in Rome. After graduate studies at the Ecole Biblique in Jerusalem, he was awarded the License in Sacred Scripture from the Pontifical Biblical Commission in Vatican City. Father Demetrius taught Sacred Scripture at Saint Vincent Seminary for over 50 years and was rector of the Seminary for 17 years.
He was the author of So We Do Not Lose Heart: Biblical Wisdom for All Our Days; Flowers in the Desert: A Spirituality of the Bible; Cherish Christ Above All: The Bible in the Rule of Benedict; A Mystical Portrait of Jesus: New Perspectives on John’s Gospel; and Praying the Scriptures. He also co-authored, with Father Campion Gavaler, O.S.B., The Sunday Homilies, Saint Vincent Archabbey: Cycle A; The Sunday Homilies, Saint Vincent Archabbey, Cycle B; and The Sunday Homilies, Saint Vincent Archabbey, Cycle C.
So We Do Not Lose Heart won a national Catholic Press Association book award in 2018 in the category “Backlist Beauty.” So We Do Not Lose Heart, took third place in the category. The book published by Archabbey Publications in 2006, then reprinted in 2010 and in 2017.
“A book that lovingly points the way to ‘a happy ending’ for all believers. Inspiring reflections on mortality and God’s unfailing love to see us through,” the judges wrote.
The Sunday Homilies books were based on the long-running Sunday Homily column that he and Father Demetrius co-wrote of the Archabbey website, www.saintvincentarchabbey.org.
The Sunday Homilies, Saint Vincent Archabbey, Cycle B, by Father Campion P. Gavaler, O.S.B., and Father Demetrius R. Dumm, O.S.B., received a Catholic Press Association first place book award in the category Scripture: Popular Studies in 2015. The judges’ commentary noted:
“In this book, two fine scholars write simple, practical homily reflections for every Sunday of the Liturgical year. Each homily reflection provides a concise, insightful summary of the Gospel, obviously the fruit of years of study and contemplation of the passage! Each reflection also includes a wise life application that truly enables the Sunday Gospel to be lived in the ordinary moments of life that occur every day of the week. The insights into the human heart provided in the Life Implication section of each chapter are profound. There are no excess words, which provides an example for homilists.”