The History of St. Norbert

History of St. Norbert
History of St. Norbert
History of St. Norbert Hardcover
History of St. Norbert Hardcover

St. Norbert is perhaps one of the greatest, yet today unknown, saints of the middle ages. Above all he was a great reformer.
Born of nobility, and living in luxury with royal favor, St. Norbert suddenly had a conversion, and embarked to be a new St. Paul, throwing away his rich garments, and preaching to the faithful as a beggar.
Led further, and provided with papal approval, Norbert makes a foundation in the valley of Prémontré, whence his order gets its name. The preaching of St. Norbert and his order restored faith in the Eucharist, badly shaken by heretics, and for this he was long remembered in northern European cities badly affected by heresy such as Antwerp. His life dominated the 12th century where, as a friend of St. Bernard, he worked to reform Church life and to defend the independence of the Papacy.
The great project of St. Norbert was to combine the active and the contemplative life, by establishing canons who lived by the maxims of monastic life, to both work in the world and retire for prayer. In this he anticipates Sts. Francis and Dominic by a century.
Premonstratensian abbeys dotted the landscape of Europe until the revolutions of the 16th-18th centuries.
Fr. Kirkfleet, relying on the best histories and the most accurate primary sources, provides the most complete biography of this great saint in English.
The Mediatrix Press edition has added numerous woodcuts of the life of Norbert to beautify the work. The reprint is unchanged from the original apart from font and page sizes.
This wonderful book shows that the Holy Spirit raises up saints to defend and build up the Church in every age when they are needed, and provides us with the enduring witness of the love of the Church and the love of the Holy Eucharist to be found in the saints.

NB: Hardcover and Kindle coming soon!

New! St. Norbert and His Order

St. Norbert and His Order
St. Norbert and His Order

If you are familiar with the Norbertines in Southern California, then you know the beauty and excellence of the Norbertine order, but you also know that there is virtually nothing available in print on the Norbertines!

We are changing that with this work, written by an anonymous Norbertine Father 60 years ago. St. Norbert and His Order is a book divided into three parts, on the life of St. Norbert, on the history of the of Prémontré, and the third part on a number of Norbertine saints. At 100 pages the work is simple, easy to read and a beautiful testimony of the jewel that is the order of the White Canons.

From the Introduction:

“The Order of St. Norbert originated in the twelfth century as a masterpiece of unequalled beauty. It arose in an age of transition. As the artistic monuments of the transition period between Roman and Gothic possess certain peculiar charms, a freshness of youth and growth, a variety of motion and development, so also with the Norbertine Order. And, as many an artist is more interested in a medieval building, showing a mixture of Roman and Gothic than in a masterpiece of the purest Gothic, so does the attractive type of medieval clerical life, adapted to modern conditions, fascinate the mind of man and is to him a perpetual source of delight, “a thing of beauty” and “a joy forever.” Though the plan of St. Norbert was not entirely original, still he may truly be called a pioneer, who united in one institute contemplation and action, social asceticism and the priesthood, under perfect obedience to the supreme Head of the Church. “Ad omne opus bonum paratus,” (Ready for every good work) was his motto. The order thus adapted itself almost spontaneously to the changing forms and conditions of society. It is to this rather than anything else that it owes the privilege of sharing in the characteristic attribute of the Church— viz. perpetuity. While, of the many medieval canonical institutes, only a few have remained, the order of St. Norbert was destined to preserve in this secularized age a remembrance of the harmonious priestly life in which Mary and Martha, prayer and work, contemplation and action, take turns in the unceasing worship of the Almighty.”

If you like this, keep your eyes on our upcoming work: The Norbertine Rite: History and Liturgy by Archdale A. King.