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Fr. Luke Dysinger, O.S.B. 

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THE development of monastic spiritual theology will be studied from the perspective of monastic primary sources.  Texts will be studied as guides and sourcebooks for models of Christian spiritual progress and human maturity.  Special emphasis will be placed on:

1) THE original meanings of “active” and “contemplative” in the vocabulary of early monasticism;

2) MODELS of spiritual development in the early church and in the early monastic movement;

3) THE the interrelationship between the cenobitic and eremetic lifestyles;

4) THE theory and practice of lectio divina;

5) THE mystical interpretation of the scriptures and the practice of liturgical prayer ;

6) THE significance of monologistic prayer in monastic tradition;

7) THE spiritual bases of modern monastic reform and renewal.