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eBook The Motley Crew: Monastic Lives ePub

by Benet Tvedten OSB

  • ISBN: 0814631770
  • Category: World
  • Subcategory: History
  • Author: Benet Tvedten OSB
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Liturgical Press (January 1, 2007)
  • Pages: 144
  • ePub book: 1552 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1425 kb
  • Other: lrf mbr txt rtf
  • Rating: 4.2
  • Votes: 487

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The Motley Crew is a charming, readable little book that introduces its audience to some of the colorful characters populating the history of monasticism. It should be savored a chapter at a time, perhaps as part of one’s morning or evening devotions.

The Motley Crew is a charming, readable little book that introduces its audience to some of the colorful characters populating the history of monasticism. Model lives, a model book. Many of the great monastic founders and heroic members are described in this wonderful little book.

The Motley Crew book. In this latest collection of portraits and reflections on the monastic life, Brother Benet Tvedten has gathered together a motley crew indeed. Inside this book you 'll encounter the stories, both legend and history, of ancestors and contemporary monastics, the saints and the laypeople who contributed to this movement over the centuries. They struggle with obedience: Maurus In this latest collection of portraits and reflections on the monastic life, Brother Benet Tvedten has gathered together a motley crew indeed.

In this latest collection of portraits and reflections on the monastic life, Brother Benet Tvedten has gathered together a motley crew indeed. They struggle with obedience: Maurus jumps into the lake

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The Motley Crew: Monastic Lives. They struggle with obedience: Maurus jumps into the lake. They perform miracles: Scholastica prays up a storm to keep her brother by her side.

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Brother Benet Tvedten entered Blue Cloud Abbey in Marvin, South Dakota in 1958

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Gentle musings on four decades of monastic life, by fiction writer and Blue Cloud Abbey resident Tvedten.

Gentle musings on four decades of monastic life, by fiction writer and Blue Cloud Abbey resident Tvedten. One of the most interesting perspectives the book offers is a result of the fact that Tvedten was a monk before and after Vatican II and eloquently recounts the ways that his everyday routine changed forever after the Council: Talking was permitted at two meals a day, bedtimes became flexible, some books were no longer forbidden, among other changes (.

In this latest collection of portraits and reflections on the monastic life, Brother Benet Tvedten has gathered together a motley crew indeed. Inside this book you 'll encounter the stories, both legend and history, of ancestors and contemporary monastics, the saints and the laypeople who contributed to this movement over the centuries. They struggle with obedience: Maurus jumps into the lake. They perform miracles: Scholastica prays up a storm to keep her brother by her side. They venture forth to serve as missionaries in the American wilderness of the Dakota territories, always with St. Benedict as their guide.

The Motley Crew is a lively history in which you 'll follow the rise and fall of monastic life in Europe and the United States, with its ongoing conflicts between obedience to the Rule and the human desires for a life of comfort and ease. This collection of saints, so far from living in the state of perfection attributed to the monastic life by the church, reflects the truly human and holy nature to which we all aspire.

Brother Benet Tvedten, O.S.B., is a member of Blue Cloud Abbey in Marvin, South Dakota, where he serves as the Director of Oblates. He is also the author of The View from a Monastery and How to Be a Monastic and Not Leave your Day Job: An Invitation to Oblate Life published by Paraclete Press.

Comments

lolike lolike
I was drawn to this book by reading other works of this author.
Also, Kathleen Norris. I was sure it would be about a group of people, but truly enjoy the arrangement of the groups and single subjects.
The chapters allowed for an easy read and were useful as part of a daily devotional program.
I liked the author's style of wording sentences and his humor.
Bro Benet likes his subjects and he was very at ease with the material.
I was unfamiliar with many of the subjects, but I always found them interesting and oh so very human.
I would recommend this for anyone who is interested in religion and church history.
Went Tyu Went Tyu
This is a fun book about the foibles and good points of the people down through the years who have lived the Benedictine life. Very well written, in a casual style that's comfortable. I loved Brother Benet's personal stories of people he has known in his own lifetime.
thrust thrust
Brother Tvedten is a delightful and thorough author. He writes lovingly of his brethren past and present and explains the traditions of monasticism in an equally charming manner.
Kit Kit
I loved the way this book showed the private lives behind the monastery doors. it's good to know they are genuine people.
Sirara Sirara
Wonderful read.
Hamrl Hamrl
In this delightful book we see the infinite variety of the colorful characters out of monastic history - The Motley Crew. "We are not saints," Brother Benet declares. Story after story shows the mysterious mix of saint-and-sinner in the life of every monastic, indeed of every human being. Far from being just a humorous, enjoyable, and accurate romp through monastic history, this book is a compassionate and paradoxically hopeful rendering of human imperfections and virtues in age after age.

The Motley Crew is divided into 38 short spicy chapters each averaging three pages in length. Each chapter portrays the lives of monastics and the times in which they lived. The chapters gallop chronologically through history, yet often we are transported in a flash back to the present as Benet splices in current tales from his vast repertoire of monastic adventures. Throughout the book the author also weaves in guidelines from the Rule of St. Benedict, so that we get a good look at the monastic ideal. Refreshingly, Br. Benet is not at all hesitant to poke a little fun at everyone and everything - himself and his fellow monks included. Yet out of this quagmire of human foibles, Benet gently leads us to the humor, compassion, hope, and light cast by fifteen centuries of Benedictine monastics who are heroic in their quiet unassuming day-to-day lives. As Benet notes, "Ours is a joyful and somewhat messy history, not unlike the history of all people striving to draw closer to God."

The colorful stories are of very human saints and include details that you'll never find in glossed-over legends and hagiographies. Portrayed are every imaginable human weakness along with all the virtues. We meet gluttons, drunkards, gossips, adulterers, and murderers amidst those of deep faith, hope, and love. We see abuses of authority ranging from hair-pulling and name-calling to sexual indiscretions. We see monks playing tennis in the village when they should be in church, monks "seeking too much solace in a nearby tavern owned by the monastery," and we see altogether too much monastic wealth and comfort at different times in history. Benet readily admits that at times "things really werern't up to snuff."

We observe the sad and cyclical decline of monasteries: abbeys in ruins turned to cow pastures, refectories used for bowling alleys, a holy-water fountain used for a kitchen sink, tombstones from the monks' cemetery used for a sidewalk. We hear of the current shrinkage and even closure of European and North American monasteries.

The startling thing about this book is that there is so much hope amidst the dross, with its subtly joyful, optimistic, and compassionate rendition of history in spite of tragedies, disasters, and the gamut of human weaknesses. One meets cycle after cycle of decline and resurrection, despair and triumph - where "triumph" is often a simple quiet continuance of the everyday life of Benedictine ideals.

Br. Benet ponders over the future of monasticism as numbers of monks steadily decline. He finds hope for the future: "Benedictines are like weeds. We keep cropping up, even in the most surprusing places" - and notes the current rise of monasticism in Third World countries. He points out that following on the heels of every epoch of monastic decline we see solid reform movements with return to the simplicity, moderation, and discipline of the guiding Rule of St. Benedict.

As Br. Benet notes: "[Saint] Benedict's vision was one of hope and light, even though he lived in a time of darkness and despair." The same can be said of Brother Benet, as evidenced by this book. Bless Benet for the hope and light that he brings to our world with The Motley Crew. His book is a tribute to the generations of monastics who sought God, found God, and passed on the torch of monasticism which continues to burn brightly today in spite of dwindling numbers. This book is a must-read for Benedictine oblates, and for anyone interested in monastic life and/or studies in human nature.