Through Faith & Fire: The Monks of Spencer 1825-1958

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THROUGH FAITH & FIRE is a story that spans centuries and crosses continents, that moves from years of persecution in Napoleon's Europe to decades of adventure in the new lands of America. But above all else, it is a vivid recounting of how a community of faith managed to persevere and indeed to thrive in the face of continual challenges, establishing a life dedicated to the simple virtues of prayer, work and contemplation in the midst of an increasingly busy and distracted world.

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THROUGH FAITH & FIRE is a vivid recounting of how a community of faith managed to persevere and indeed to thrive in the face of continual challenges, establishing a life dedicated to the simple virtues of prayer, work and contemplation in the midst of an increasingly busy and distracted world. The tale begins in France, where monastic communities of every kind found themselves struggling to survive in the wake of the French Revolution. Led by the indomitable Dom Augustin de Lestrange, a small band of Trappist monks set out on a years-long quest to find a new home. That quest took them to Switzerland, Russia, Belgium, and England, to the New World and Nova Scotia, and ultimately to New England and the community's present home among the hilltop pastures of Spencer, MA. As the story unfolds, a succession of courageous and devoted abbots and brothers face travails ranging from poor harvests, withering diseases, physical deprivations, and devestating fires. Their ability to rise above it all, to go on against all odds testifies to the power of their faith and the rewards of a life unfailing in its commitment to the highest principles.

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"The life that tentatively took root in the third and fourth centuries....still inspires the generation of monks who now live in the stonework buildings of St. Joseph's Abbey in Spencer. This book is the story of how they got there."

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