Fools for God
North (Richard)
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    In the twentieth century we live at a fast pace; we concentrate upon establishing a career, a home of our own, a position in society Yet there is another lifestyle, one which would seem ridiculous to the vast majority of people if they ever thought about it, and that is the life of a monk'. What makes a man give up the everyday things which most of us strive for? How does he cope with the solitary struggle within himself? How does he stand the restrictions of living within a small community? How can he give up his freedom? Or does he in fact gain a greater freedom than the rest of us can see? Does a man become a "fool for God" when he becomes a monk? Richard North, writer and journalist, has visited Christian monasteries of different traditions, both Western and Eastern. He has talked with the monks, watched them at work, and tried to understand the stresses and blessings of their life. Fools For God is one man's very personal look at monks and monasteries, oases of calm in a fast-moving world, whose constant service and prayer may influence our lives more than we know
Contents
    Acknowledgements – 6
  1. INTRODUCTORY – 9
    … 1 The Cardinal's Room – 13
    … 2 The Making of Monks – 21
    … 3 The Wakeful – 28
    … 4 The Eccentrics – 30
  2. EGYPT – 37
    … 1 The Road to St Antony – 41
    … 2 The Religious Tradition – 48
    … 3 The First Monks – 55
    … 4 My First Dawn at St Antony's – 60
    … 5 The Movement Thrives – 68
    … 6 Baramus – 76
    … 7 Modern Coptic Monks – 81
  3. THE BYZANTINE EMPIRE – 85
    … 1 A Very Civilized Vector – 89
    … 2 The Tradition – 94
    … 3 St Catherine's – 98
    … 4 The American Monk – 103
    … 5 Introducing Athos – 106
    … 6 Stavronikita – 117
    … 7 Xeropotamou – 122
    … 8 Simonos Petra – 133
  4. WESTERN EUROPE – 139
    … 1 The Virus Spreads – 143
    … 2 The Northern Isles – 148
    … 3 Beginnings of Integration – 156
    … 4 The European Heartlands – 158
    … 5 Columbanus – 165
    … 6 Thoroughly Established – 168
  5. THE MAJOR REFORMS – 175
    … 1 The Hermits – 180
    … 2 Parkminster 1 – 186
    … 3 Parkminster 2 – 194
    … 4 Parkminster 3 – 199
    … 5 Introducing the Cistercians – 205
    … 6 The Cistercian Machine – 212
    … 7 Citeaux – 216
    … 8 Nunraw – 220
  6. THE HIGH BENEDICTINES – 229
    … 1 The Benedictine Scene – 233
    … 2 The Swiss – 236
    … 3 Solesmes – 246
    … 4 Santo Domingo de Silos – 257
  7. THE MODERNS – 263
    … 1 Wilderness and Vatican II – 267
    … 2 The New Spirit – 275
    … 3 Orthodoxy Transplanted – 284
    … 4 Tom Cullinan – 292
    … 5 Numbers – 299
    … 6 Merton and Knowles – 305
    … 7 Prayer and Purpose – 311
    Booklist – 318

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