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:





Cardinale Robert Sarah Dio o Niente: Conversazione sulla fede con Nicolas Diat 2016.02
Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol 2015.12
Ratzinger, Joseph / Papa Benedetto XVI L’infanzia di Gesù 2015.12
John Saward Redeemer in the Womb 2016.01
John Martin Roses Fountains and Gold: The Virgin Mary in Art, History and Apparition 2015.12
Brunero Gherardini Concilio Ecumenico Vaticano II: Un Discorse Da Fare 2015.10
John Moschos The Spiritual Meadow 2015.09
Stefan Weinfurter Canossa: Il disincanto del mondo 2015.09
Roger Crowley 1453: The Holy War for Constantinople and the Clash of Islam and the West 2015.07
Richard John Neuhaus Reconciling East and West (from First Things December 2008) 2015.06
Flavia Amabile, Marco Tosatti La vera storia del Mussa Dagh (Armeni) 2015.05
Papa Benedetto XVI Gesù di Nazaret: Dall’ingresso in Gerusalemme fino alla risurrezione 2015.05
David Fagerberg On Liturgical Asceticism 2015.05
Robert Dodaro, O.S.A. & Henri Crouzel S.J. Divorziati “Risposati”: La prassi della Chiesa primitiva Permanere nella verità di Cristo 2015.02
Ambrose G. Wathen, O.S.B Silence: The Meaning of Silence in the Rule of St. Benedict 2015.02
Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol 2014.12
Papa Benedetto XVI L’infanzia di Gesù 2014.12
Anonymous The Gospel of Nicodemus 2014.11
Sulpicius Severus Life of Saint Martin 2014.11
Jean Leclercq Pietro il Venerabile 2014.11
Mariusz Biliniewicz The Liturgical Visioin of Pope Benedict XVI: A Theological Inquiry 2014.10
Ronnie Po-­chia Hsia Un gesuita nella città proibita: Matteo Ricci, 1552-­1610 2014.08
Reid, Alcuin O.S.B. The New Liturgical Movement after the Pontificate of Benedict XVI 2014.08
Adomnán of Iona Life of St. Columba: Translated by Richard Sharpe 2014.08
Ratzinger, Joseph / PopeBenedict XVI Jesus of Nazareth: Holy Week: From the Entrance Into Jerusalem To The Resurrection 2014.04
Pearce, Joseph Literary Converts 2014.02
Messori, Vittorio Il Miracolo : Spagna 1640, 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 Francis 2013.10
Giovanni di Salisbury Vita di Sant’Anselmo d’Aosta 2013.10
Williams, John A. Islam 2013.09
Romano, Angelo “Mirare tutta la vastità del mondo” : Maria Luisa
Prosperi, monaca benedettina (1799 – 1847)
The Venerable Bede Ecclesiastical Historyof the English Nation 2013.08
Isichei, Elizabeth Entirely for God: The Life of Michael Iwene Tansi 2013.07
Sommo Pontefice Francesco Lettera Enciclica “Lumen Fidei” 2013.07
Gronau, Eduard Hildegard : Vita di una donna profetica alle origini
dell’età moderna
Sister Lucia Fatima in Lucia’s Own Words 2013.06
Ratzinger, Joseph / Pope Benedict
Jesus of Nazareth: Holy 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: Monks, Food and Fasting in the
Middle Ages
Brother Lawrence The Practice of the Presence 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 uomo, una vita, un secolo 2013.01
Dickens, Charles A Christmas Carol 2012.12
Ratzinger, Joseph / Pope Benedict
Jesus of Nazareth: TheInfancy Narratives 2012.12
Ratzinger, Joseph / Papa Benedetto
L’infanzia di Gesù 2012.12
Driscoll OSB, Jeremy A Monk’s Alphabet: Moments of Stillness in a Turning
Buehrle, Marie C. Rafael Cardinal Merry del Val 2012.09
Rey-Mermet, Thodule Alfonso de Liguori : un uomo per i senza speranza
O Maidin, Uinseann The Celtic Monk: Rulesand Writings of Early Irish
Dorotheo di Gaza Insegnamenti spirituali 2012.05
Gorg, Peter H. The Desert Fathers: Saint Anthony and the beginnings of
Daniel-Rops, Henri Daily Life in the Timeof Jesus 2012.04
Dell’Omo, Mariano O.S.B Storia del monachesimo occidentale dal Medioevo all’età
contemporanea : Il carisma di San Benedetto tra VI e XX secolo
Smaragdus of Saint-Mihiel Commentary on the Ruleof 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 Martyrs 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: Holy Week: From the Entrance Into
Jerusalem To The Resurrection
Gillette, Gertrude The Four Faces of Anger: Seneca, Evagrius, Cassian,
de Mattei, Roberto Il Concilio Vaticano II 2011.02
Pamparana, Andrea Benedetto : Padre di molti 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 spirituale 2010.09
Saint Peter Damian The Letters of Saint Peter 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. Vol. 3: Insturctions, Letters and
Other Writings of Saint Pachomius and His Disciples
Saint Pachomius Pachomian Kononia. Vol2: 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 : Al tempo delle grandi abbazie 2009.07
Brandmüller, Walter Light and Shadows: Church History amid Faith, Fact, and
Seewald, Peter Benedict XVI: An Intimate Portrait 2009.06
Beauduin, Lambert
Liturgy: The Life of the Church 2009.05
Gamber, Msgr. Klaus The Reform of the Roman Liturgy 2009.04
Saint Augustine Sermons for LiturgicalSeasons: Easter Week 2009.04
Goodier, Alban S.J. The Passion and Death of Our Lord Jesus Christ 2009.04
Mabillon, Jean Treatise on Monastic Studies 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 surprising life of a medieval empire 2008.11
Butler, Cuthbert Benedictine Monachism 2008.10
Schönborn, Christoph Chance or Purpose: Creation, Evolution and a Rational
Gruber, Mark O.S.B. Sacrifice in the Desert: A study of an Egyptian minority
through the prism of coptic monasticism
Mullins, Edwin Cluny: In Search of God’s Lost Empire 2008.06
Macmanus, Francis Saint Columban 2008.04
Saint Athanasius Life of St. Anthony and the Letter to Marcellinus 2008.02
Thompson, Augustine, O.P. Cities of God 2008.01
Saint Augustine Rule of St. Augustine 2007.10
Kleber OSB, Albert History of St. Meinrad Archabbey 2007.10
Andenna, Giancarlo e Bonetti
Benedetto di Aniane: Vita e riforma monastica 2007.09
Ratzinger, Joseph / Pope Benedict
Jesus of Nazareth: From 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 Background 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 and the Desire for God 2006.06
Leclercq, Jean; Blessed Paul
Camaldolese Extraordinary:
The Life, Doctrine, and Rule of Blessed Paul Giustiniani
Longenecker, Dwight St. Benedict and St. Thérèse: The Little Rule and the
Little Way
Luykx, Archimandrite Boniface Eastern Monasticism and the Future of the Church 2006.05
Conant, Kenneth John Benedictine Contributions to Church Architecture 2006.05
Saint John Chrysostom Baptismal Instructions 2006.04
Lunardi, Giovanni La Congregazione Sublacense O.S.B 2006.04
Saward, John Cradle of Redeeming Love 2006.03
Baur, Chrysostomus O.S.B. John Chrysostom and His Time. Vol. 1, Antioch 2006.02
Peters, Edward Monks, Bishops and Pagans, 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 Church, Early Christian
Ward, Benedicta The Sayings of the Desert Fathers 2005.07
Peters, Walter The Life of Benedict XV 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 Cricket on the Hearth 2004.12
Cyril of Scythopolis The Lives of the Monks of Palestine 2004.09
Lang, Uwe Michael Turning Towards the Lord 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 Practice of Personal Prayer
according to the Patristic Tradition
Pope John Paul II Ecclesia in Europa 2003.10
Pontifical Council for Culture Jesus Christ: The Bearer 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 Eucharistia 2003.08
Nichols, Aidan O.P. Looking at the Liturgy: A critical view of its
contemporary form
Ratzinger, Joseph Il Dio Vicino; l’eucaristia cuore della vita
Kadloubovsky, E.; Palmer,
Writings from the Philokalia on Prayer of the Heart 2003.03
Goldmann, Gereon O.F.M. The Shadow of His Wings 2003.01
NguyÅn Vn Thu­n, Francis
Testimony of Hope 2002.12
Ricciotti, Giuseppe The Age of Martyrs: Christianity from Diocletian to
Grosso, Mariano Santa Scolastica 2002.08
Ravier, André S.J. Saint Bruno:The Carthusian 2002.06
Congregation for Institutes of
Consacrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life
Starting Afresh from Christ 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 the Pilgrim Continues His Way 2002.05
Schememann, Alexander Great Lent 2002.05
Ratzinger, Joseph Behold, The Pierced One 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 Lectio Divina 2001.12
Butler, Cuthbert Benedictine Monasticism 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 Liturgy 2001.09
Archimandrite Sophrony Sakharov Wisdom from Mount Athos post 6/99
de Vogue, Adalbert Life of St. Benedict post 6/99
Saint Augustine Confessions post 6/99
Soltner, Louis Solesmes and Dom Gueranger 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 the Jubilee Year ante 5/99
Herbstrith, Waltraud Edith Stein ante 5/99
Ward, Benedicta Lives of the Desert Fathers ante 5/99
Pope John Paul II Encyclical letter “Fides et Ratio” ante 5/99
Schuster, Ildefonso Saint Benedict and his Times ante 5/99