Readings at Table

In Chapter 38 of the Rule, St. Benedict says that “The meals of the brothers should not be without reading. Nor should the reader be anyone who happens to take up the book; but there should be a reader for the whole week, entering that office on Sunday.”In Norcia, books read at table tend to cover themes related to monastic life, Italian history, or liturgical study. Besides those topics biographies and contemporary journal articles are also read.
The following is a list of books we’ve read since the beginning of the foundation in Rome:





Pearce, Joseph Literary Converts 2014.02
Messori, Vittorio Il Miracolo : Spagna 1= 640, indagine sul più sconvolgente
prodigio mariano
Dickens, Charles A Christmas Carol 2013.12
Ratzinger, Joseph / Papa Benedetto
L’infanzia di Gesù 2013.12
Oursel, Raymond Il segreto di Cluny 2013.12
Mathewes-Green, Frederica The Jesus Prayer: The = Ancient Desert Prayer that Tunes
the Heart to God
Spadaro, Antonio S.J. Interview with Pope Fr= ancis 2013.10
Giovanni di Salisbury Vita di Sant’Anselmo d= ’Aosta 2013.10
Williams, John A. Islam 2013.09
Romano, Angelo “Mirare tutta la vasti= tà del mondo” : Maria Luisa
Prosperi, monaca benedettina (1799 – 1847)
The Venerable Bede Ecclesiastical History= of the English Nation 2013.08
Isichei, Elizabeth Entirely for God: The = Life of Michael Iwene Tansi 2013.07
Sommo Pontefice Francesco Lettera Enciclica “Lum= en Fidei” 2013.07
Gronau, Eduard Hildegard : Vita di un= a donna profetica alle origini
dell’età moderna
Sister Lucia Fatima in Lucia’s Own = Words 2013.06
Ratzinger, Joseph / Pope Benedict
Jesus of Nazareth: Hol= y Week: From the Entrance Into
Jerusalem To The Resurrection
Ratzinger, Joseph / Papa Benedetto
Gesù di Nazaret : Dall= ‘ingresso in Gerusalemme fino
alla risurrezione
Jotischky, Andrew A Hermit’s Cookbook: M= onks, Food and Fasting in the
Middle Ages
Brother Lawrence The Practice of the Pr= esence of God 2013.02
Kardong OSB, Terrence G. Pillars of Community: = Four Rules of Pre-Benedictine
Monastic Life
Rossi di Marignano, Federico A. Carlo Borromeo : Un uo= mo, una vita, un secolo 2013.01
Dickens, Charles A Christmas Carol 2012.12
Ratzinger, Joseph / Pope Benedict
Jesus of Nazareth: The= Infancy Narratives 2012.12
Ratzinger, Joseph / Papa Benedetto
L’infanzia di Gesù 2012.12
Driscoll OSB, Jeremy A Monk’s Alphabet: Mom= ents of Stillness in a Turning
Buehrle, Marie C. Rafael Cardinal Merry = del Val 2012.09
Rey-Mermet, Thodule Alfonso de Liguori : u= n uomo per i senza speranza
O Maidin, Uinseann The Celtic Monk: Rules= and Writings of Early Irish
Dorotheo di Gaza Insegnamenti spiritual= i 2012.05
Gorg, Peter H. The Desert Fathers: Sa= int Anthony and the beginnings of
Daniel-Rops, Henri Daily Life in the Time= of Jesus 2012.04
Dell’Omo, Mariano O.S.B Storia del monachesimo occidentale dal Medioevo all’età
contemporanea : Il carisma di San Benede= tto tra VI e XX secolo
Smaragdus of Saint-Mihiel Commentary on the Rule= of Saint Benedict 2011.09
Massimo Viglione 1861 : Le Due Italie 2011.08
Moschus, John The Spiritual Meadow 2011.08
Mother Mary Francis P.C.C. But I Have Called you = Friends 2011.07
Ruffin, C. Bernard The days of the Martyr= s 2011.05
Theodoret of Cyrrhus A History of the Monks= of Syria 2011.05
Ratzinger, Joseph / Papa Benedetto
Gesù di Nazaret : Dall= ‘ingresso in Gerusalemme fino
alla risurrezione
Ratzinger, Joseph / Pope Benedict
Jesus of Nazareth: Hol= y Week: From the Entrance Into
Jerusalem To The Resurrection
Gillette, Gertrude The Four Faces of Ange= r: Seneca, Evagrius, Cassian,
de Mattei, Roberto Il Concilio Vaticano I= I 2011.02
Pamparana, Andrea Benedetto : Padre di m= olti popoli 2011.01
Pope Benedict XVI Luce del Mondo 2010.11
Ratzinger, Joseph;
Pera, Marcello
Senza Radici : Europa, relativismo, cristianesimo,
Magrassi, Mariano Bibbia e Preghiera 2010.10
Fortini, Arnaldo Francis of Assisi 2010.10
Bartolomei Romagnoli, Alessandra Celestino V : Il Papa = Eremita 2010.10
Spinelli, Giovanni O.S.B. Monaci per l’Europa 2010.09
Scenuda III Il Risveglio spiritual= e 2010.09
Saint Peter Damian The Letters of Saint P= eter Damian. Vol. I 2010.09
Clayton, Joseph Pope Innocent III and = His Times 2010.08
The Fathers of The Church Barsunuphius and John:= Letters. Vol. 1 2010.07
Saint Pachomius Pachomian Koinonia. Vo= l. 3: Insturctions, Letters and
Other Writings of Saint Pachomius and His Disci= ples
Saint Pachomius Pachomian Kononia. Vol= 2: Pachomian Chronicles and
Moorhouse, Geoffrey The Last Divine Office= : Henry VIII and the Dissolution
of the Monasteries
Vivian, Tim; Vivian, Kim; Burton,
The Lives of the Jura = Fathers 2010.04
Dudden, Frederick Homes Gregory the Great: His= Place in History and Thought. Vol.
Chitty, Derwas J. The Desert a City : An Introduction to the Study of
Egyptian and Palestian Monasticism under the Christian Empire
King, Peter Western Monasticism: A= History of the Monastic Movement
in the Latin Church
Saint Dorotheos of Gaza Discourses and Sayings= 2009.10
Trochu, Abbé Francis The Curé D’Ars: St. Jean-Marie-Baptiste Vianney 2009.09
Cabaniss, Allen Benedict of Aniane: The Emperor’s Monk 2009.07
Davril, Anselme; Palazzo, Eric La vita dei monaci : A= l tempo delle grandi abbazie 2009.07
Brandmüller, Walter Light and Shadows: Chu= rch History amid Faith, Fact, and
Seewald, Peter Benedict XVI: An Intim= ate Portrait 2009.06
Beauduin, Lambert
Liturgy: The Life of t= he Church 2009.05
Gamber, Msgr. Klaus The Reform of the Roma= n Liturgy 2009.04
Saint Augustine Sermons for Liturgical= Seasons: Easter Week 2009.04
Goodier, Alban S.J. The Passion and Death = of Our Lord Jesus Christ 2009.04
Mabillon, Jean Treatise on Monastic S= tudies 2009.03
Gerard, John The Autobiography of an Elizabethan 2009.02
Gruber, Mark O.S.B. Journey Back to Eden: = My Life and Times among the Desert
Granzotto, Gianni Carlo Magno 2008.12
Herin, Judith Byzantium: The surpris= ing life of a medieval empire 2008.11
Butler, Cuthbert Benedictine Monachism<= /td> 2008.10
nborn, Christoph
Chance or Purpose: Cre= ation, Evolution and a Rational
Gruber, Mark O.S.B. Sacrifice in the Deser= t: A study of an Egyptian minority
through the prism of coptic monasticism
Mullins, Edwin Cluny: In Search of Go= d’s Lost Empire 2008.06
Macmanus, Francis Saint Columban 2008.04
Saint Athanasius Life of St. Anthony an= d the Letter to Marcellinus 2008.02
Thompson, Augustine, O.P. Cities of God 2008.01
Saint Augustine Rule of St. Augustine<= /td> 2007.10
Kleber OSB, Albert History of St. Meinrad= Archabbey 2007.10
Andenna, Giancarlo e Bonetti
Benedetto di Aniane: V= ita e riforma monastica 2007.09
Ratzinger, Joseph / Pope Benedict
Jesus of Nazareth: Fro= m the Baptism in the Jordan to the
Early Monastic Rules: = Rules of the Fathers and Regula
Karolevitz, Robert F. Bishop Martin Marty: “= The Black Robe Lean Chief” 2007.07
Lackner, Bede S.O.Cist. Eleventh Century Backg= round of Cluny 2007.05
Pope Benedict XVI Sacramentum Caritatis<= /td> 2007.03
Lewis, Clive Staples The Four Loves 2007.02
Aradi, Zolt Pius XI: The Pope and = the Man 2007.02
Robinson, Jonathan The Mass and Modernity= : Walking to Heaven Backward 2007.01
Paredi, Angelo St. Ambrose, His Life = and Times 2006.12
Vivian, Tim Paphnutius: Histories = of the Monks of Upper Egypt and
the Life of Onnophrius
Assenmacher, Hugh A place called Subiaco= 2006.10
Leclercq, Jean The Love of Learning a= nd the Desire for God 2006.06
Leclercq, Jean; Blessed Paul
Camaldolese Extraordin= ary:
The Life, Doctrine, and Rule of Bless= ed Paul Giustiniani
Longenecker, Dwight St. Benedict and St. T= hérèse: The Little Rule and the
Little Way
Luykx, Archimandrite Boniface Eastern Monasticism an= d the Future of the Church 2006.05
Conant, Kenneth John Benedictine Contributi= ons to Church Architecture 2006.05
Saint John Chrysostom Baptismal Instructions= 2006.04
Lunardi, Giovanni La Congregazione Subla= cense O.S.B 2006.04
Saward, John Cradle of Redeeming Lo= ve 2006.03
Baur, Chrysostomus O.S.B. John Chrysostom and Hi= s Time. Vol. 1, Antioch 2006.02
Peters, Edward Monks, Bishops and Pag= ans, Life of St. Columbanus 2005.12
Saward, John Beauty of Holiness and= the Holiness of Beauty 2005.11
Waugh, Evelyn Edmund Campion 2005.11
The Fathers of the Chu= rch, Early Christian
Ward, Benedicta The Sayings of the Des= ert Fathers 2005.07
Peters, Walter The Life of Benedict X= V 2005.06
Ratzinger, Joseph Senza Radici 2005.04
Hausherr, Irénée Penthos: The Doctrine = of Compunction in the Christian
Hausherr, Irénée The Name of Jesus: The= Names of Jesus Used by Early
Christians, The Development of the “Jesus Prayer”
Brown, Peter Augustine of Hippo: A = Biography 2005.01
Dickens, Charles The Chimes: The Cricke= t on the Hearth 2004.12
Cyril of Scythopolis The Lives of the Monks= of Palestine 2004.09
Lang, Uwe Michael Turning Towards the Lo= rd 2004.08
Papa Giovanni Paolo II Alzatevi, Andiamo! 2004.07
Ratzinger, Joseph God and the World: A Conversation with Peter Seewald 2004.06
Farmer, David Hugh Benedict’s Disciples 2004.04
Bunge, Gabriel O.S.B. Earthen Vessels: The P= ractice of Personal Prayer
according to the Patristic Tradition
Pope John Paul II Ecclesia in Europa 2003.10
Pontifical Council for Culture Jesus Christ: The Bear= er of the Water of Life (A
Christian Reflection on the “New Age”)
Saint Dorotheos of Gaza Discources and Sayings= 2003.08
Pope John Paul II Ecclesia de Eucharisti= a 2003.08
Nichols, Aidan O.P. Looking at the Liturgy= : A critical view of its
contemporary form
Ratzinger, Joseph Il Dio Vicino; l’eucar= istia cuore della vita
Kadloubovsky, E.; Palmer,
Writings from the Phil= okalia on Prayer of the Heart 2003.03
Goldmann, Gereon O.F.M. The Shadow of His Wing= s 2003.01
NguyÅn Vn Thu­n, Francis
Testimony of Hope 2002.12
Ricciotti, Giuseppe The Age of Martyrs: Ch= ristianity from Diocletian to
Grosso, Mariano Santa Scolastica 2002.08
Ravier, André S.J. Saint Bruno:The Carthu= sian 2002.06
Congregation for Institutes of
Consacrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life
Starting Afresh from C= hrist 2002.06
Morin, Germain Ideal of the Monastic = Life 2002.06
Saint John Cassian Conferences 2002.05
French, Reginald Michael Way of a Pilgrim and t= he Pilgrim Continues His Way 2002.05
Schememann, Alexander Great Lent 2002.05
Ratzinger, Joseph Behold, The Pierced On= e 2002.04
 Armand Veilleux O.C.S.O. Pachomian Koinonia V.I= . 2002.02
Dickens, Charles A Christmas Carol 2002.01
Derrick, Christopher Escape from Scepticism= : As if Truth Mattered 2001.12
Magrassi, Mariano An Introduction to Lec= tio Divina 2001.12
Butler, Cuthbert Benedictine Monasticis= m 2001.11
Saint Eusebius Ecclesiastical History= 2001.09
Mabillon, Jean Aims and Attitudes of = Monks at Study 2001.09
Saint Clement Apostolic letter 2001.09
Guardini, Romano The Spirit of the Litu= rgy 2001.09
Archimandrite Sophrony Sakharov Wisdom from Mount Atho= s post 6/99
de Vogue, Adalbert Life of St. Benedict post 6/99
Saint Augustine Confessions post 6/99
Soltner, Louis Solesmes and Dom Guera= nger post 6/99
Weigel, George Witness to Hope post 6/99
Saint John Cassian Institutes ante 5/99
Ratzinger, Joseph Milestones ante 5/99
Pope John Paul II Bull of Indiction of t= he Jubilee Year ante 5/99
Herbstrith, Waltraud Edith Stein ante 5/99
Ward, Benedicta Lives of the Desert Fa= thers ante 5/99
Pope John Paul II Encyclical letter &quo= t;Fides et Ratio” ante 5/99
Schuster, Ildefonso Saint Benedict and his= Times ante 5/99