Seventy-Four Tools for Good Living
Seventy-Four Tools for Good Living
Reflections on the Fourth Chapter of Benedict's Rule
Michael Casey
Paperback

In Stock

Quantity:
Price: $19.95

Description  |  Reviews  |  Product Details  |  View Sample  |   More by this Author  |   Liturgical Press Suggests

There is more in Benedict's Rule than meets the eye. Based on the rules of life of John Cassian and Saint Basil, Benedict invites us to go further back to the scriptural basis of all Christian and monastic living and pursue our spiritual journey by the guidance of the Gospel.

This book of reflections on the tools for good living is intended to be read very slowly, one section at a time. In addition to communicating reflections on each verse of chapter 4, Casey invites readers to:

  • continue the process of reflection for themselves
  • apply what is written to their own lives
  • draw on their own wisdom and insight
  • and, ultimately, broaden their experience of monastic spirituality

Michael Casey, OCSO, is a monk of Tarrawarra Abbey (Australia). He holds a degree in Scripture at Leuven and a doctorate from Melbourne College of Divinity for a study of desire for God in the writings of Bernard of Clairvaux. In recent decades he has been engaged in exploring different aspects of monastic spirituality, writing, and giving conferences throughout the English-speaking monastic world. His books include The Road to Eternal Life: Reflections on the Prologue of Benedict's Rule (Liturgical Press, 2011)

Seventy-Four Tools for Good Living is Michael Casey's ingenious way of rendering the wisdom of St. Benedict for our times. As a master teacher, he weaves together sources from the monastic tradition and contemporary insights through these seventy-four tools. If this is not his best book, it is certainly his most readable and gracious offering to his students and readers. This is a book that comes from his personal lectio and living the monastic way of life in Australia. It is also a book I can use for lectio and living my monastic way of life here in Indiana. Lay contemplatives, especially oblates, will find this a cut above the books published in most bibliographies on monastic spirituality. This book matters!
Meg Funk, OSB, Our Lady of Grace Monastery

Ancient monastic authors often stressed their wish to be of use to readers. Like them, Michael Casey has written a useful volume, a volume to live by. Drawing on a wealth of sources, and reading deeply in the book of experience, he shows what a vast perspective is indicated in the `little Rule' of Benedict, what fullness of life is in store for those who follow it with courage and coherence.
Eric Varden, OCSO, Mount Saint Bernard Abbey

"The incomparable Casey has done it again. He seems to deliberately choose the most unlikely sections of the Rule of Benedict and make them into something appealing, even compelling, for the modern reader."
Terrence Kardong, OSB, Tjurunga

Michael Casey brings a deep lived knowledge of the monastic tradition to this splendid set of reflections on Benedict's Rule. He manages to marry faith commitment to pastoral common sense in such a manner that monks and laity as well can find answers to that request made to the old desert dwellers: Give me a good word. Casey, in fact, gives us many good words.
Lawrence S. Cunningham, John A. O'Brien Professor of Theology (Emeritus), The University of Notre Dame

In my regular university course on the Rule of St. Benedict as a mirror to present-day culture there is close reading of some chapters of the Rule. To my shame I tended to neglect chapter four a bit. Michael Casey's deep reflections in this remarkable book are nourished by a half century of monastic reading and deep psychological and existential insight. I can now draw from nearly 300 pages of wisdom on the fourth chapter of Benedict's Rule. Just to quote from Fr. Michael's preface: "There is much more in Benedict's Rule than meets the superficial eye."
Wil Derkse, Andreas van Melsen Chair for Science, Society and Worldviews (retired), Catholic Radboud University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands

This book is not an exegetical study; one goes elsewhere for such. Rather this is a wisdom text, exploring each tool in a search to comprehend these pithy sayings for good living. . . . It is his own lived experience that brightens up the text. Casey's years of cenobitic living, coupled with his perceptive eye and peppered wit give life to the seventy-four tools.
Timothy Joyce, OSB, Glastonbury Abbey, Hingham, MA, American Benedictine Review

Product number: 3720
ISBN: 978-0-8146-3720-3
Pages: 296
Trim Size: 5 3/8 x 8 1/4
Publication Date: 05/07/2014

The Road to Eternal Life

Reflections on the Prologue of Benedict's Rule

Michael Casey, OCSO

In the Prologue of his Rule, St. Benedict maps out the road that leads to heaven; he lays the foundation for life in a community that seeks God. The themes that are present throughout the Rule—obedience, humility, prayer, fear of the Lord, eternal li...

View More›

Paperback

Price: $19.95

In Stock

Athirst for God

Spiritual Desire in Bernard of Clairvaux's Sermons on the Song of Songs

Michael Casey OCSO

Saint Bernard chose the Song of Songs as the vehicle for expressing his deepest and highly personal longing for God, his striving for 'full knowledge, clear vision, a strong bond of union, a relationship which cannot be broken apart, and perfect like...

View More›

Paperback

Price: $43.95

In Stock

The Road to Eternal Life

Reflections on the Prologue of Benedict's Rule

Michael Casey, OCSO

In the Prologue of his Rule, St. Benedict maps out the road that leads to heaven; he lays the foundation for life in a community that seeks God. The themes that are present throughout the Rule—obedience, humility, prayer, fear of the Lord, eternal li...

View More›

eBook

Price: $14.99

In Stock

eBook

Price: $17.99

In Stock

Paperback

Price: $19.95

In Stock

Bernard of Clairvaux

Monastic Sermons

Translated by Daniel Griggs; Introduction by Michael Casey, OSCO

Saint Bernard was born in 1090 near Dijon, France. He joined the fifteen-year-old monastery of Cîteaux in 1113. In 1115 he became the founding abbot ofClairvaux Abbey, whence his name, Bernard of Clairvaux. Saint Bernard was a gifted and prolific wri...

View More›

eBook

Price: $31.99

In Stock

Bernard of Clairvaux

Monastic Sermons

Translated by Daniel Griggs; Introduction by Michael Casey, OCSO

Saint Bernard was born in 1090 near Dijon, France. He joined the fifteen-year-old monastery of Cîteaux in 1113. In 1115 he became the founding abbot ofClairvaux Abbey, whence his name, Bernard of Clairvaux. Saint Bernard was a gifted and prolific wri...

View More›

Paperback/eBook Bundle

Price: $49.49

In Stock

Living in the House of God

Monastic Essays

Margaret Malone, SGSForeword by Michael Casey, OCSO

"How should we live in this house of God? We know that the way a building is shaped also helps in determining the way those within it live and relate. We are indeed formed by what we form. Qualities such as integrity, hospitality, humanity and beauty...

View More›

Paperback/eBook Bundle

Price: $24.49

In Stock

Bernard of Clairvaux

Monastic Sermons

Translated by Daniel Griggs; Introduction by Michael Casey, OSCO

Saint Bernard was born in 1090 near Dijon, France. He joined the fifteen-year-old monastery of Cîteaux in 1113. In 1115 he became the founding abbot ofClairvaux Abbey, whence his name, Bernard of Clairvaux. Saint Bernard was a gifted and prolific wri...

View More›

Paperback

Price: $39.95

In Stock

Come And See

The Monastic Way for Today

Brendan Freeman, OCSO; Foreword by Michael Casey, OCSO

Come and See is a look inside the mind of a monk. The vision of monastic life proposed here is not new; it is a vision going back to the Desert Fathers of the fourth century. And yet, it is new because it is rooted in a place in the soul that never g...

View More›

Paperback

Price: $19.95

In Stock