The Monks of the West from St. Benedict to St. Bernard Volume 5

The Monks of the West from St. Benedict to St. Bernard Volume 5

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1896 edition. Excerpt: ... Remy to his old tutor, " an incredible fondness for reading; but there is not one of us who would dare prefer the pleasure of reading to the duty of obeying." 4 In study, as in all kinds of work, even in almsgiving, they aspired only to the salvation of their own souls and those of their brethren. All that is great, useful, beautiful, or touching in their lives, springs from this one thought. It was for the soul of Alfonso VI., King of Castile, their benefactor, that the monks of Cluny bethought themselves of washing the feet of thirty poor men in memory of him every Good Friday; of giving food to a hundred others on Easter Day; and, finally, of serving every day, at the first table of the refectory, the dinner of the dead king, which was afterwards given to a poor man:3 thus, with admirable 1 Their principal merit was not, as has been said with too much humility, that they preserved manuscripts, or literature, or agriculture, but virtuestern, Christian virtue.--Comte Cesare Baleo, delle Speranze d'Italia, c. 7. 2 "Virtus autem obedientise sic prcepollet, ut cum nobis incredibile sit studium legendi, nullus tamen obedientise proferre audeat lectionem."--Maeil., Ann., vol. v. b. lxii, No. 89. William was made abbot in 1071. 3 Loiialn, Essai sur Cluny, p. 91. delicacy, mingling the gratitude due to the beloved dead with charity to the living. When the monk Guido Aretino, the inventor of the solfeggio, had enriched musical science with a method which immortalises him, he did not think of glory, or of the progress of art, or of material profit, but only of the good of his soul, and wrote modestly," Since we can now, instead of in ten years which were formerly necessary to learn singing imperfectly, make a chorister in one...show more

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  • Paperback | 172 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 318g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236524306
  • 9781236524300