Abbot James Wiseman has recently published a new book looking at the work of Jan van Ruusbroec, a fourteenth-century Flemish mystic whom he studied as part of his doctoral dissertation many years ago.

From the description of the book on Amazon.com:

In his masterwork, Die geestelijke brulocht (The Spiritual Espousals), the fourteenth-century Flemish mystic Jan van Ruusbroec used his profound knowledge of Trinitarian theology to show that the apex of the spiritual life consists in our being taken up into the love of the three persons of the blessed Trinity. The care and precision with which Ruusbroec describes the ascent from "the active life" to "the interior life" and from there to the culmination of "the contemplative life" is evident in the way he carefully distinguishes between three terms that could all be translated as "love": minne, karitate, and liefde. James Wiseman's astute reading of Ruusbroec's treatise shows how the affective aspect of love (liefde) and the aspect that expresses itself in virtuous activity (karitate) are both subsumed under the all-embracing reality of minne, the love that flows forth from the triune God and then draws us back to a blissful reunion with our loving Source.

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"Two Recent Publications: A Book and a Film" by Abbot James Wiseman
"The Chronicler’s Column" by Abbot James Wiseman
"General Chapter of the English Benedictine Congregation" by Abbot James Wiseman
"The English Benedictine Congregation Forum" by Br. Samuel Springuel
"A Message from the Vocation Director" by Fr. Christopher Wyvill
"El Camino de Santiago" by Br. Ignacio Gonzalez
"Walking through the Valley of the Shadow of Death" by Br. Isaiah Lord
"Encountering the Community of St John in the United States and France" by Br. Dunstan Robidoux
"Armageddon, Rapture, and Left Behind" by Fr. Joseph Jensen


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Fr. Samuel was recently published in Physical Review Physics Education Research as part of their special collection Quantitative Methods in PER: A Critical Examination.

The article is based on work he did as part of his PhD thesis back at the University of Maine and looks at how data encoding effects work in that field.  The work was done in collaboration with Michael C. Wittmann and John R. Thompson, Fr. Samuel's thesis advisors.

Physical Review Physics Education Research (PRPER) covers the full array of experimental and theoretical research relating to the teaching and learning of physics and astronomy. PRPER is the only fully open access journal for physics education research.

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"Living in a “Monastery Beyond Walls" by Lynn Thonnard
"Golden Anniversaries of Ordination" by Abbot James Wiseman
"Rome and Evolution" by Fr. Joseph Jensen
"Meeting of Abbots and Prioresses" by Abbot James Wiseman
"Helping the Cause for Christian Unity" by Br. Isaiah Lord


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"Abbot Aidan Shea" by Fr. Michael Hall
"Meditation on the Icon of the Visitation" by Fr. Boniface Von Nell
"Obedience" by Br. Ignacio Gonzalez
"Meeting of Abbots and Prioresses" by Abbot James Wiseman
"Reflections on My Time in Afghanistan: 2015-2016 and 2018-2019" by Richard Anderson, OblSB
"Imagery of the Benedictine Jubilee Medal" by Fr. Samuel Springuel


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"The Chronicler’s Column" by Abbot James Wiseman
"In Memoriam: Father Patrick Granfield, OSB" by Fr. Michael Hall
"Listening to Abbot Aidan Shea, Director of Oblates, 1981 - 2013" by Grace Mary Oates
"Reckless?" by Br. Ignacio Gonzalez
"Benedictines, Love and Destiny" by Br. Bernard Marra
"Angels of Mercy" by Br. Isaiah Lord
"Working with Phyllis Wallbank, MBE" by Br. Dunstan Robidoux
"The Beginning of Monastic Life at St Anselm’s, 1924-1926" by Fr. Michael Hall


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"The Chronicler's Column" by Abbot James Wiseman
"History of the Benedictine Medal-Cross" by Br. Samuel Springuel
"Lecturing in Korea: Memories and Reflections Over Twelve Years" by Br. Dunstan Robidoux
"The Message of Hosea" by Fr. Joseph Jensen
"Stability" by Br. Ignacio Gonzalez
"Thoughts About Stokie, My Impossible Dentist, and Meghan Markle" by Fr. Gabriel Myers


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"Religious Vocations Conference in Houston" by Abbot James Wiseman
"God Calls Us When He Wills: A Method to Discern One’s Calling" by Br. Isaiah Lord
"Assignment: A Spiritual Biography" by Br. Ignacio Gonzalez
"Winter Fantasy" by Tiffany Kim
"Textual Criticism Made Easy OR: What Have I Been Up To?" by Fr. Joseph Jensen
"Barriers" by Fr. Philip Simo


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"Build Bridges" by Richard Kral
"Prayerful Meditation" by Abbot James Wiseman
"Jews and Catholics, from Then till Now: The Trajectory of Catholic Antisemitism and Recovery" by Fr. Joseph Jensen
"Annual Meeting of North American Benedictine Superiors" by Abbot James Wiseman
"The Benedictine Vow of Conversatio Morum" by Br. Ignacio Gonzalez


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"The Chronicler’s Column" by Abbot James Wiseman
"The Beginning of the Beginning: 1923-24" by Fr. Michael Hall
"Reflections from the Vocation Director" by Fr. Christopher Wyvill
"Bresson: An Appreciation" by Br. Matthew Nylund
"Surprised" by Br. Ignacio Gonzalez
"The General Chapter of the English Benedictine Congregation" by Abbot James Wiseman
"Some Reflections on Scholasticism" by Br. Dunstan Robidoux


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"Fr. Edmund Henkels, OSB (1924 – 2017)" by Abbot James Wiseman
"What Is a Vocation?" by Br. Ignacio Gonzalez
"From Argentina into the Americas: A Report from Our Guests" by Gustavo Mellado
"Reflection on the Seventy-Fifth Anniversary of the School" by Fr. Peter Weigand
"Review of a Book about Married Saints" by Br. Samuel Springuel
"The Message of Amos" by Fr. Joseph Jensen
"Fr Stephen Reid’s The Conversion of Saint Paul" by Bruce Nixon


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"Our Newly Renovated Seniors Wing" by Abbot James Wiseman
"Ministry to the Sick and End of Life Care" by Fr. Philip Simo
"Reflections from the Vocation Director" by Fr. Christopher Wyvill
"Meeting of Benedictine Superiors" by Abbot James Wiseman
"St Anselm: An Advance on St Augustine; a Precursor of St Thomas" by Br. Dunstan Robidoux


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"The Chronicler's Column" by Abbot James Wiseman
"The Congress of Abbots" by Abbot James Wiseman
"Pilgrimage to Nagasaki" by Br. Dunstan Robidoux
"The Decision to Open the Priory School - 1941" by Fr. Michael Hall
"Benedictine Military Chaplains in the First World War" by David Lord
"The Agony in the Garden: Fr. Stephen Reid Looks at Modernity" by Bruce Nixon


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"The Chronicler’s Column" by Abbot James Wiseman
"Three Pilgrimages" by Fr. Gabriel Myers
"Encountering Won Buddhism: Some Ecumenical Reflections" by Br. Dunstan Robidoux
"On Seeing Clearly How to Live" by Abbot James Wiseman


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"Fr. Hilary Hayden, OSB (1929 – 2016)" by Abbot James Wiseman
"A Benedictine Vocation" by Fr. Christopher Wyvill
"The Spirit of St Benedict in Everyday Life" by Fr. Michael Hall
"The Contemplative Heart and the Art of Peacebuilding" by Michael Braeuninger
"Monasticism in the 21st Century: A Viable Alternative?" by Br. Isaiah Lord
"Light-hearted Spirituality1: Marching Along Together" by Fr. Joseph Jensen


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