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The Rule of Benedict by Joan Chittister
Publication Date: 2010-08-01
This new edition of a classic religious text combines the timeless wisdom of Benedict of Nursia's Rule with the perceptive commentary of a renowned Benedictine mystic and scholar. In her new introduction to the Rule, the author boldly claims that Benedict's sixth-century text is the only one of great traditions that directly touches the contemporary issues facing the human community—stewardship, conversion, communication, reflection, contemplation, humility, and equality. Tracing Benedict's original Rule paragraph by paragraph, it expands its principles into the larger context of spiritual living in a secular world and makes the seemingly archaic instructions relevant for a contemporary audience. A new foreword, updated content, an appendix, and a recommended calendar for reading the entries and commentaries make this an invaluable resource for solitary or communal contemplation.
Saint Benedict of Nursia : a way of wisdom for today
St. Benedict is believed to have been born around 480, as the son to a Roman noble of Norcia and the twin to his sister, Scholastica.
St. Benedict is believed to have been born around 480, as the son to a Roman noble of Norcia and the twin to his sister, Scholastica. Benedict and his sister was born in a noble family. He went to Rome for further studies, but found the life in the city to be very corrupt. This led him to abandon his studies and lead a spiritual life. Watch the amazing story of this Saint today.
Timeline of St Benedict
Life of Benedict-PDF
Permission for the use of this publication has been granted by it's creator Monica Dutton.
In 1964 Pope Paul VI proclaimed Benedict patron saint of all Europe. Although honored as the “father of western monasticism,” Benedict founded no monastic orders. But his rule for governing monastic life came to be adopted by ever larger numbers of monasteries in Europe after the 7th century.
Benedict of Nursia, Saint (480?-547?), was the father of Christian monasticism in the West. He is best known as the author of a rule (set of guidelines for monastic living). His rule emphasized a humane, moderate program of prayer, sacred readings, and manual labor. The simplicity and flexibility of the rule helped it become the most popular rule followed by monks from the 800's on.