Vigils (paperback)

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VIGILS
from the Office of the Dead
By Br. Bernard Seif


By popular request, Chantal, David, Abbot Francis, and other characters from Office of the Dead are back. In this second in the series, their personalities and adventures are presented in a deeper and richer context. Openness to letting life unfold and, in a sense, dancing with it, usually resolves most mysteries sooner or later. It is the "later" part that is often the real challenge in life. Monastic life is no exception. The schedule of a monastery revolves around the communal prayer marking the various phases of the day and night. These liturgical celebrations, known as the Liturgy of the Hours, anchor the monastic with a certain spiritual stability as he or she lives the mystery. Death has no such predictable timetable.

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Brother Bernard Seif: Brodheadsville, PA

Brother/Doctor Bernard Seif is a Catholic monk and clinical psychologist, board-certified in behavioral medicine, who belongs to the Salesian Monastic Community in Brodheadsville, Pennsylvania. He is a doctor of traditional naturopathy, specializing in Chinese medicine and skilled in the practice of Medical Qigong and Chinese herbs. He brings together the best of the Eastern and Western medicine and healing philosophies in his teaching and practice. He is widely published in professional journals and has used his insights about a wide range of healing practices to write a series of monastic mysteries. Brother Bernard is a professional member of the National Qigong Association USA, as well as its ethics chair, and a member of the World Academic Society of Medical Qigong.