The Ordinary Works of Daily Life in Medieval Spirituality: St. Benedict, Our Daily Work, and Walter Hilton

dc.contributor.advisorJeffrey, David Lyle, 1941-
dc.contributor.authorFreeman, Amy
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity Scholars.en_US
dc.contributor.schoolsHonors College.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2013-05-24T22:37:06Z
dc.date.available2013-05-24T22:37:06Z
dc.date.copyright2013-05-03
dc.date.issued2013-05-24
dc.description.abstractThis thesis is a study of ordinary work in medieval spirituality and is focused on several texts selected for their continuity of themes: The Rule of St. Benedict (6th century), the Middle English pastoral treatise Our Daily Work, and the Middle English writings of Walter Hilton, namely The Scale of Perfection and Epistle on the Mixed Life. In this thesis, I use the term “ordinary work” to refer to manual labor and deeds of mercy. In all these texts, ordinary work is good not just for the sake of the things it produces, but has intrinsic goodness. First, ordinary work can be offered to God in loving service. The Hebrew concept of avodah, a term for both work and worship, can be seen in the use of the Latin term opus or the Middle English term werke. Second, ordinary work is good for man, serving as a remedy for acedia and helping to cultivate virtue. Finally, for these authors, manual labor and deeds of mercy are an integrated part of a life of prayer. Prayer overflows into all ordinary work of daily life.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2104/8714
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
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dc.rights.accessrightsWorldwide accessen_US
dc.subjectOrdinary Works of Daily Lifeen_US
dc.subjectAvodahen_US
dc.subjectAbodahen_US
dc.subjectOpusen_US
dc.subjectWorken_US
dc.subjectManual Laboren_US
dc.subjectDeeds of Mercyen_US
dc.subjectMedieval Spiritualityen_US
dc.subjectRule of St. Benedicten_US
dc.subjectSt. Benedicten_US
dc.subjectWalter Hiltonen_US
dc.subjectOur Daily Worken_US
dc.subjectEpistle on the Mixed Lifeen_US
dc.subjectScale of Perfectionen_US
dc.titleThe Ordinary Works of Daily Life in Medieval Spirituality: St. Benedict, Our Daily Work, and Walter Hiltonen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US

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