The Sex Lives Of Saints

Author: Virginia Burrus
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
ISBN: 9780812200720
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Has a repressive morality been the primary contribution of Christianity to the history of sexuality? The ascetic concerns that pervade ancient Christian texts would seem to support such a common assumption. Focusing on hagiographical literature, Virginia Burrus pursues a fresh path of interpretation, arguing that the early accounts of the lives of saints are not antierotic but rather convey a sublimely transgressive "countereroticism" that resists the marital, procreative ethic of sexuality found in other strands of Christian tradition. Without reducing the erotics of ancient hagiography to a single formula, The Sex Lives of Saints frames the broad historical, theological, and theoretical issues at stake in such a revisionist interpretation of ascetic eroticism, with particular reference to the work of Michel Foucault and Georges Bataille, David Halperin and Geoffrey Harpham, Leo Bersani and Jean Baudrillard. Burrus subsequently proceeds through close, performative readings of the earliest Lives of Saints, mostly dating to the late fourth and early fifth centuries—Jerome's Lives of Paul, Malchus, Hilarion, and Paula; Gregory of Nyssa's Life of Macrina; Augustine's portrait of Monica; Sulpicius Severus's Life of Martin; and the slightly later Lives of so-called harlot saints. Queer, s/m, and postcolonial theories are among the contemporary discourses that prove intriguingly resonant with an ancient art of "saintly" loving that remains, in Burrus's reading, promisingly mobile, diverse, and open-ended.

Butler S Lives Of The Saints April

Author: Alban Butler
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 9780860122531
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For more than two centuries, "Butler's" has been one of the best known, most widely consulted hagiographies. In its brief and authoritative entries, readers can find a wealth of knowledge on the lives and deeds of the saints, as well as their ecclesiastical and historical importance since canonization.

The Life Of Saint Benedict

Author: Pope Gregory I
Publisher: Liturgical Press
ISBN: 9780814632628
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In his classic Second Book of Dialogues, Pope Gregory the Great lionizes Saint Benedict as hero and casts him predominantly in the role of miracle worker. Yet in his Rule, Benedict comes across more as a practical community organizer and premier spiritual father. In this volume, Terrence Kardong offers a fresh take on Gregory the Great's classic. He alternates between translated sections of the Diablo's and his own commentary. Crisp and direct, and infused with his wry and ever-present sense of humor, Kardong's writings sure to build up the spiritual life of readers and, equally important, to make them love St. Benedict. .

The Life Of Saint Philip Neri

Author: Antonio Gallonio
Publisher: Ignatius Press
ISBN: 158617150X
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Presents the first English translation of the life of the beloved saint known as the "Apostle of Rome" written by his disciple Antonio Gallonio soon after the saint's death.

Laghu Guru Upanishad

Author: Gurprasad
Publisher: Partridge Publishing
ISBN: 1482869969
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Modern life is very competitive and stressful; only a thoughtful few want to rid themselves of constant worries and find a way to live a life of real happiness. Teachings of Sri Sivabala Yogi contained in Laghu Guru Upanishad are especially relevant for such people. There are many grades of aspirants; some just want to lead a peaceful life, some want a lower type of salvation and a few blessed ones who desire total freedom by realising their true natures. Ultimate liberation is attained only if one knows the absolute Self (or Reality or God). No matter what ones goal is, the Gurus teaching given in Laghu Guru Upanishad, if practised sincerely, offers hope to everyone to attain ones desired end. The book is set out in question and answer format. The questions, asked by Gurprasad, have been framed from an aspirants point of view. Questions and doubts like these arise in the minds of all those who want to follow a spiritual path. The Guru has given answers that are suitable for ease of understanding by beginners as well as more advanced aspirants. In doing so, the Guru has adopted a rational approach suited to the modern generation and covers all well-known paths to realise the Truth. Sri Sivabala Yogis basic teaching deals with control of mind and it does not advocate any religious beliefs. Mind is the cause of ones suffering and unhappiness and it also has the power to get rid of them. Bookish knowledge is of no avail unless it is practised. Every reader of this book can attain his or her desired spiritual object, provided its teaching is put into effect through earnest effort.

The Life Of Saint Brychan

Author: Brian Daniel Starr
Publisher: Brian Daniel Starr
ISBN: 143920361X
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The life of Saint Brychan shows all his family and his wives. Lineage of his and his wives are examined, and a listing of all his children (over 40). A study of all his ancestors who are Saints, as well as all his descendents for about 5 generations who are Saints. He and his wives relationships to Saint Joseph, James first Bishop of Jerusalem, and Saint Joseph of Arimathea is studied. His descendents who are Saints lineage and their descendents are studied. Other families of Saints are shown, and there are about 40 pages of charts and text about the biblical times. In the book there are 65 ancestral charts, and many lineages shown. Lines that continued from Saint Brychan are included to about 1000 ad. and some to 1400 ad. in an attempt for the reader to find links to his or her ancestry. A gedcom is offered (computer file used to tie in the lineages used in the research)at the end of the book with over 375 Saints and 50 Popes lineages or descents contained in the file.