Latest resources from MSBC library

The staff of Mount St Benedict Centre Library has selected three resources that can help us to contemplate the sacred in all creation.

Something to read…

The Wisdom of the Body: A Contemplative Journey to Wholeness for Women (book, 2017) by Christine Valters Paintner (author of The Artist’s Rule).

Today, society bombards women and girls with unattainable models of the female body. In The Wisdom of the Body, Christine Valters Paintner explores the lives of biblical and notable Christian women to help modern women understand the beauty and sacredness of their body.

Something to watch…

Meaning: Exploring the Big Questions of the Cosmos with a Vatican Scientist (12 DVDs, 2017) by Dr Guy Consolmagno (leading Jesuit astronomer and meteoriticist, and Director of the Vatican Observatory).

Brother Guy Consolmagno says that science and religion complement each other. In these DVDs we examine the most profound aspects of existence: Does science need God? Can physics prove the existence of God? How do we understand miracles? What is life, and how will we recognise it on other planets? What is the soul?

Something to listen to…

Meister Eckhart’s Living Wisdom: Indestructible Joy and the Path of Letting Go (six CDs, 2014) by James Finley (student of Thomas Merton).

In this CD collection, James Finley, a well-known teacher of the Christian contemplative tradition, guides us through teachings and meditations from the 13th century mystic, Meister Eckhart. Finlay discusses Eckhart’s reflections, spiritual practices and discoveries, and highlights the experience of divine presence in daily life, illusions, liberation, surrender, silence and stillness.


If you’d like to see the full list of new resources available at Mount St Benedict Centre Library, download the Library’s April 2018 newsletter here.

The Library is located within the Mount St Benedict Centre in Pennant Hills, Sydney. A ministry of the Sisters of the Good Samaritan, the Centre is a place of spirituality and formation. In an environment of peace and beauty, the Centre offers hospitality, education and support for life’s journey by sharing its Benedictine traditions and resources.

Mount St Benedict Library carries a diverse collection of contemporary resources specialising in the areas of spirituality, scripture, contemplative prayer and meditation, liturgy, and is home to a significant collection of resources in the area of Benedictine studies.

The Library supports the congregation in its commitment to community life, prayer, justice, hospitality and compassionate service. It also welcomes members of the public and supports them in their spiritual journey to stimulate thinking, expand perspectives and nourish the soul.

You can access these resources as a member of the Library. Cost is $35 per year. Please contact the Library if you would like to borrow resources or become a member.

Phone: (02) 8752 5395