The Rule of Benedict

The Rule of Benedict❰KINDLE❯ ✾ The Rule of Benedict Author Benedict of Nursia – Oaklandjobs.co.uk How do you create a community How can we work together How do we stay true to our ideals For almost fifteen centuries this extraordinary book has provided guidance How do you create a community How can we work together How do we stay true to our ideals For almost fifteen centuries this extraordinary book has provided guidance. If you read this for entertainment you will be sorely disappointed If you read this as a guide to life, and you are not a monk, you will be sorely disappointed If you read this with an eye toward how one might live acalm and disciplined life, adjusting what was written in to Sixth century, to the present day, you might just find what you are looking for. This is a set of rules that St Benedict came up with for cloistered orders Much of it holds true today and should be used in non cloistered life as well.The key word in this writing was Humility. I ve often thought that the monastic order is the high point of my religion No power, no ambition, just simple and just service to God and man Therefore I thought I d read the beginning of that order My sympathies are muchin align with the Franciscans then the Benedictions which is to put it gently, a little harsh A surprisingly large amount of the book deals with Benedict s disdain for laughter and or grumbling.Alot of this slight volume is simply not very useful to the layman, unless I ve often thought that the monastic order is the high point of my religion No power, no ambition, just simple and just service to God and man Therefore I thought I d read the beginning of that order My sympathies are muchin align with the Franciscans then the Benedictions which is to put it gently, a little harsh A surprisingly large amount of the book deals with Benedict s disdain for laughter and or grumbling.Alot of this slight volume is simply not very useful to the layman, unless you desperately want to know how you should perform you re cooking duties and sleeping arrangements should a monastery happen to visit you Still this book is the foundation for an order and way of life that I have nothing but the utmost respect for And ifChristians myself of course included followed the wisdom of lines such as, keep your tongue free from vicious talk, and your lips from all deceit turn away from evil and do good let peace be your quest and your aim I firmly believe that both the world and the church would be in much better standing One of my favorite things about the Rule of St Benedict is how kind it is I think that the popular perception of medieval monks is still filled with hair shirts and flagellation, or, at best, an authoritarian abbot lording over servile monks Those things aren t made up and they certainly had their place in a medieval monastery But Benedict s writing gives a much better idea of what it was actually like most of the time a rather difficult life, and a daunting lack of privacy, but overall a One of my favorite things about the Rule of St Benedict is how kind it is I think that the popular perception of medieval monks is still filled with hair shirts and flagellation, or, at best, an authoritarian abbot lording over servile monks Those things aren t made up and they certainly had their place in a medieval monastery But Benedict s writing gives a much better idea of what it was actually like most of the time a rather difficult life, and a daunting lack of privacy, but overall a life that was deeply communal and by medieval standards, deeply productive The basic thesis underlying the whole thing is that it s easier to get closer to God when you re surrounded by people to help you, and who are aiming for the same thing Of course, there s still a big cultural gap laughter is generally frowned upon and the heavy emphasis on absolute obedience will be distasteful to some people But on the whole, the Rule is not looking to punish people, or to force them into unthinking servility It is a little rule for beginners that on the whole is very flexible and compassionate.It s also fun to read because there are all kinds of interesting historical bits why was Benedict s Rule the one that has been in use for almost 1500 years and the one that dominated the first 500 or so years of monasticism Why is militaristic language so prevalent Why how was Benedictine monasticism, despite some similarities, different from the monasticism that grew up in the East and in the British Isles Not the most action packed of reads, but it offers a nice little window onto how spirituality in the 6th century was at the same time hugely different from today, but at the same time, somewhat similar in its ultimate cares and aims And it s an absolute must for anyone interested in the history of monasticism.Edit At one point, the Rule states that monks should all sleep in the same room, partially in order to encourage each other upon waking For, as Benedict writes, the sleepy like to make excuses This may be my life motto My planned reading of spiritual classics have been quite slow But here s one that I can recommend These Rules have greatly influenced monasteries around the world until this day They begin with some general reflections on piety that all Christians can benefit from then he goes on withspecific rules for the monks There s a spirit here of love and humility and grace but a lot of the Rules do seem very strict specially on not talking and not laughing.OK, there are also some funny Ru My planned reading of spiritual classics have been quite slow But here s one that I can recommend These Rules have greatly influenced monasteries around the world until this day They begin with some general reflections on piety that all Christians can benefit from then he goes on withspecific rules for the monks There s a spirit here of love and humility and grace but a lot of the Rules do seem very strict specially on not talking and not laughing.OK, there are also some funny Rules Here s some with my comments They sleep clothed, and girded with belts of cords but they should remove their knives lest they accidentally cut themselves in their sleep How considerate Benedict. Each will hasten to arrive at the Work of God before the others, yet with all dignity and decorum He, hehow fast can you go with decorum intact May the best man win. Without an order from the abbot, no one may presume to give, receive or retain anything as his own, nothing at all not a book, writing tablets or stylus No tablets Oh no I have to give up my iPad I knew I was not cut out for this monkish business. We believe that half a bottle of wine a day is sufficient for each I reconsider Do let me be a monk. If anyone does not come to the table before the verse.his portion of wine should be taken away That should do it. It encourages me to grow in the life of faith Thewe have progress in our active faith, the greater we expand in our hearts The Rule of Saint Benedict says, When faith makes that progress, the heart is expanded, and is borne along with the indescribable sweetness of love Lord, grant me such happiness that may expand, stretch and launch out into the deep in You as you asked Peter to Bring Your own life to my faith and make it such living, vibrant faith, so that I may conquer and gain Y It encourages me to grow in the life of faith Thewe have progress in our active faith, the greater we expand in our hearts The Rule of Saint Benedict says, When faith makes that progress, the heart is expanded, and is borne along with the indescribable sweetness of love Lord, grant me such happiness that may expand, stretch and launch out into the deep in You as you asked Peter to Bring Your own life to my faith and make it such living, vibrant faith, so that I may conquer and gain You at all times I don t think I m going to be joining a nunnery anytime soon. For most of us to read this work is to enter another world Not only is this written in the 6th century AD but it is written about a kind of experience, the truly monastic life, that few of us will experience, much less understand So what is the worth of this work First of all, the choice of a monastic life is the choice to pursue a greater love of God and holiness of life through poverty, simplicity, submission, and stability in a community For those who don t choose monastic communities, it For most of us to read this work is to enter another world Not only is this written in the 6th century AD but it is written about a kind of experience, the truly monastic life, that few of us will experience, much less understand So what is the worth of this work First of all, the choice of a monastic life is the choice to pursue a greater love of God and holiness of life through poverty, simplicity, submission, and stability in a community For those who don t choose monastic communities, it seems there is much we can still learn from Benedict, if we are willing to accept the challenge implicit in the rule he develops.Benedict covers all matters of life in the monastery from the qualifications of the abbot to entering the monastery to the ordering of Psalms used in the prayers of the hours to times for meals, amounts of food and drink, the care of the sick, the treatment of guests and even the qualifications of the porter and the cellarer the person responsible for keeping the monastery in food and drink.Perhaps most challenging are some of the rules pertaining to excommunication It seems on first reading harsh, because one can be excommunicated for even minor faults Readingcarefully, it is evident that much of this has to do with resistance to the authority necessary to sustain such a community There also are clear provisions for the abbot to work with the excommunicate to restore him and specific steps to restoration What all this speaks into is the recognition that sin is deceitful and its roots go deep into our lives and that if one cares deeply about pursuing a holy life, such drastic measures may be necessary and that we cannot do it ourselves but only as we come under the authority of Christ and those who minister on his behalf.Much of this challenges our I m basically a good person culture that embraces radical personal freedom It recognizes that freedom often comes through submission to the rule of another that brings order to lives out of control And so, I think there are a number of insights from Benedict s Rule that apply to those of us not living as monastics 1 If loving God above all else is indeed the one thing in our lives, then this implies the simplicity that removes all that distracts from this pursuit.2 Some rule of life is necessary for all of us a rhythm of ordering our hours and days around the pursuit of our first love.3 We cannot do this alone Work and prayer in community with others of like mind is important to sustaining our resolve.4 Submission is a nasty word to most of us in contemporary society and yet if we do not submit to Christ and those seeking genuinely to act on his behalf as shepherds to us, how can we hope to flourish in green pastures and beside still waters This particular edition is preceded by an essay by Thomas Moore and a helpful chronology of monasticism Even if all the details of monastic life seem irrelevant, I would recommend reading the first seven chapters which include discussions of humility, the restraint of speech and seeking the counsel of others that have relevance for all of us But the rest will not take a great deal of time, the whole Rule only occupies 70 pages in this edition I purchased this kindle version of the Rule of St Benedict after reading about this religious text in The Cloister Walk, and wanting to see for myself what was contained in this book that the Benedictines base their lifestyle on.I find the monastic lifestyle facinating, and can highly respect their ascetic beliefs, and their reasonable, moderate, balanced approach to faith and life The book is a guide written by St Benedict, which covers basically everything relating to the monastic lifestyle I purchased this kindle version of the Rule of St Benedict after reading about this religious text in The Cloister Walk, and wanting to see for myself what was contained in this book that the Benedictines base their lifestyle on.I find the monastic lifestyle facinating, and can highly respect their ascetic beliefs, and their reasonable, moderate, balanced approach to faith and life The book is a guide written by St Benedict, which covers basically everything relating to the monastic lifestyle, including recommendations on prayer, work, clothing, eating, treatment of guests, sleeping arrangements, you name it This specific kindle version of the text appears to be designed for continual reading throughout the year, with the entire book designed to be read 3 times in total each year The book is divided into short sections, and each section is headed by three dates for the year, such as April 22 August 22 December 22, meaning you should read this part on each of those dates I did not follow these reading guidelines, and instead read the book straight through in about 10 days time, but I can see how this format would be appreciated by a follower of the Benedictine faith.I would actually like to revisit this text later in the future, and would like to read RB 1980 The Rule of St Benedict in Latin and English with Notes, which is the same book in a format which includes multiple an extra 500 pages of footnotes and essays You might think me strange, but I ve always found monastic life appealing Liberated from material worries, the unraveling catastrophe of popular culture, and really bad pop music, and free to spend all day in contemplation and prayer.Yes, I know that s an odd worldview for a virtually reincarnated Lord of Evil, but let s just say I ve seen the Light.St Benedict s Rule has been the foundation for monasteries for centuries, and it s a wonderful set of rules to ensure that the material world does You might think me strange, but I ve always found monastic life appealing Liberated from material worries, the unraveling catastrophe of popular culture, and really bad pop music, and free to spend all day in contemplation and prayer.Yes, I know that s an odd worldview for a virtually reincarnated Lord of Evil, but let s just say I ve seen the Light.St Benedict s Rule has been the foundation for monasteries for centuries, and it s a wonderful set of rules to ensure that the material world does not get in the way of Christian devotion Sometimes some of the rules seem a bit harsh and or extraneous, but it s important to remember that this is not a guide to holiness or a manual for spiritual ascendance it s just a set of rules to ensure that one s environment is best suited for such work.Certainly not an entertaining read, and not one I would recommend to any non Christians except as a historical exercise For the Christian, however, it s an edifying reminder of the sacrificial nature of the devotion to which man is called

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  • The Rule of Benedict
  • Benedict of Nursia
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  • 15 June 2019
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