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Joy in the Life of a Follower of St. Benedict: An Exploration of Joy in Lent and in the Whole of Christian Life

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“The world and the Church today are in dire need of joy—genuine Christian joy. Besieged with a persistent pandemic, cruel warfare, frequent violent crimes, it is hard to be joyful amid so many oppressive situations. But real Christian joy is possible. This good news is proclaimed by the Gospels, all the Scriptures, and the Rule of Saint Benedict. This joy is a fruit of the Holy Spirit and a virtue, a gift that is ever available and that one can learn to receive with gratitude. It is rooted in the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Christ and His unconditional love. This book  Joy in the Life of a Follower of St. Benedict: An Exploration of Joy in Lent and in the Whole of Christian Life can help point the way.

Rev. Donald Raila is a monk of Saint Vincent Archabbey. He has been director of Oblates since 1988. During that time he has written quarterly letters to the community of Oblates and Friends of Saint Vincent Archabbey. These letters formed the basis for the collection Lessons from Saint Benedict: Finding Joy in Daily Life a series of 26 letters written by Father Donald. A Study Guide to Lessons from Saint Benedict has also been published. He is also editor of the book, The Rule in Bits and Pieces, a collection of over 140 reflections covering every chapter of the Holy Rule of Saint Benedict. His other book is Nadeem Feroze: Oblate of Saint Benedict, Pakistani, Defender of the Faith.

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This book, Joy in the Life of a Follower of St. Benedict: An Exploration of Joy in Lent and in the Whole of Christian Life, is now available!

“Our world and our Church are in dire need of joy—genuine Christian joy. Besieged with a persistent pandemic, cruel warfare, frequent violent crimes, and all sorts of discouraging reports in the media, people—and even we Christians­—may be tempted to throw our hands up in despair, cynicism, and grumbling. It is hard to be joyful amid so many oppressive situations,” Father Donald writes. “And yet amid all this, real Christian joy is possible. This good news is proclaimed by the Gospels, all the Scriptures, and the Rule of Saint Benedict. In particular, the Rule asserts that a monk should offer his sacrifices during Lent with joy. It also prescribes that a monk’s life should be ‘a continuous Lent.’ Therefore, a monk—or any Christian—can and should live in joy at all times. This joy is not a superficial happiness or a succession of pleasant thoughts. It does not depend on circumstances. Rather, it is a fruit of the Holy Spirit and a virtue, a gift that is ever available and that one can learn to receive with gratitude. It is rooted in the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Christ and His unconditional love.

“It is hoped that this book will, by God’s grace, help to open some people’s hearts and minds to the joy that is available to them,” Father Donald writes. “Then perhaps this joy may begin to pervade the attitudes of more and more people; begin to flow out into love, peace, patience and the other fruits of the Holy Spirit; and begin to overcome the domain of misery and gloom in our needy world.”

Other books from Father Donald:is an excellent resource for groups and individuals who would like to further their studies and enhance spiritual growth.

Rev. Donald Raila is a monk of Saint Vincent Archabbey. He has been director of Oblates since 1988. During that time he has written quarterly letters to the community of Oblates and Friends of Saint Vincent Archabbey. These letters formed the basis for the collection Lessons from Saint Benedict: Finding Joy in Daily Life a series of 26 letters written by Father Donald. A Study Guide to Lessons from Saint Benedict has also been published. He is also editor of the book, The Rule in Bits and Pieces, a collection of over 140 reflections covering every chapter of the Holy Rule of Saint Benedict. His other book is Nadeem Feroze: Oblate of Saint Benedict, Pakistani, Defender of the Faith.

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