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The Rule of Saint Benedict (edition 1998)

by St. Benedict, Timothy Fry (Editor), Thomas Moore (Foreword)

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Title:The Rule of Saint Benedict
Authors:St. Benedict
Other authors:Timothy Fry (Editor), Thomas Moore (Foreword)
Info:Vintage (1998), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 112 pages
Collections:Christianity, Libris Gnostica, Your library
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This is a tight, sharp, clean little work. Benedict is clear and precise, with limited words. His rules seem a bit strict to my modern mind (not a fan of the idea of beating children) but I understand that during the time, this was acceptable and even laudable. My inherent mistrust of humans causes me to ask whether Benedict's rule would work - there is much room for the miss-use of power. The answer, of course, is that each monk should be so devoted to Christ that he exudes the humility and kindness of the Lord. But humans are notoriously prone to self-interest and to the use of religious belief and the name of God to further their own agenda.
That aside, this was a worthwhile read. To understand how the Benedictine monks lived, and to perhaps find wisdom for living ones own life. One doesn't need to be a monk to require advice on how to deal with other humans in a manner pleasing to God. This book offers excellent assistance in that area: worth reading and worth buying. ( )
  empress8411 | Dec 13, 2015 |
A venerable organization manual and employee's handbook that has been useful for fifteen centuries. ( )
  mykl-s | Mar 12, 2015 |
I gave it 3 stars to balance my two different opinions of this book. It's excellent as a reflection of that time in history and (to a lesser extent) of contemporary monastic culture. As a read in general, though, it was hard to get into and through. Admittedly not my normal fair, so take my review in that vein. ( )
  Jessica_Olin | Apr 1, 2013 |
Good for any hermit and religious, for anyone, truly! Helps in the spiritual life plus gives assistance not only in living a rule but in developing a rule, such as an eremitic rule for one's own life.
  catholichermit | Feb 11, 2009 |
Concise ( )
  Harrod | Dec 5, 2008 |
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Fry, TimothyEditormain authorsome editionsconfirmed
De Waal, Esther Aletta SusannaIntroductionsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Del Mastro, M. L.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Doyle, Leonard J.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hunink, VincentTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McCann, JustinTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Meisel, Anthony C.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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This edition of The Rule of Saint Benedict is being published in conjunction with the seventy-fifth anniversary of the founding of The Liturgical Press. The Liturgical Press began in the 1930s to publish books and other materials related to Benedictine monastic life and spirituality. Leonard Doyle's translation of St. Benedict's Rule for Monasteries appeared in 1948 and has remained in print ever since.
Generations of monastics, oblates and others whose lives are influenced by monastic spirituality, have encountered the Rule by means of Doyle's work, which remains by far the most widely known and used English version of the Rule. The traditional dates for the thrice-yearly reading of the Rule are included in this edition.
Simple, clear text and beautiful cover art enhance the value of this edition. The elegance of the page, as crafted by the master eye of renowned liturgical artist and designer Frank Kacmarcik, OblSB, makes it a treasure to read and study as Benedict intended. With ribbon marker.
Leonard J. Doyle (1914-1970) was a gifted translator of German, French, Latin, and Italian works for The Liturgical Press, in addition to operating his own publishing company, Doyle and Finegan. His translations include such titles as Parish Holy Week Missal (1956), The Simplification of the Rubrics (1955), Commentary for Benedictine Oblates (1950), Benedictinism Through Changing Centuries (1958), A History of Benedictine Nuns (1958), among others. After Vatican II he worked on the official liturgical books published by The Liturgical Press, including the Lectionary, the Sacramentary, and the Breviary. His translation from Latin of St. Benedict's Rule for Monasteries, which was published in 1948, is still sold by The Liturgical Press.
David W. Cotter, OSB, is a monk of St. John's Abbey and an editor at The Liturgical Press. He is series editor of Berit Olam (The Everlasting Covenant) Studies in Hebrew Narrative and Poetry.
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For fifteen centuries Benedictine monasticism has been governed by a Rule that is at once strong enough to instill order and yet flexible enough to have relevance fifteen hundred years later. Unabridged Edition

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"The Rule of Saint Benedict (Regula Benedicti) is a book of precepts written by St. Benedict of Nursia for monks living communally under the authority of an abbot. Since about the 7th century it has also been adopted by communities of women. During the 1500 years of its existence, it has become the leading guide in Western Christianity for monastic living in community for many Catholic Orders, and in Orthodoxy (since The Great Schism), and the Anglican Church (since the time of the Reformation). The spirit of St Benedict's Rule is summed up in the motto of the Benedictine Confederation: pax ("peace") and the traditional ora et labora ("pray and work"). Compared to other precepts, the Rule provides a moderate path between individual zeal and formulaic institutionalism; because of this middle ground it has been widely popular. Benedict's concerns were the needs of monks in a community environment: namely, to establish due order, to foster an understanding of the relational nature of human beings, and to provide a spiritual father to support and strengthen the individual's ascetic effort and the spiritual growth that is required for the fulfillment of the human vocation, theosis" -- www.wikipedia.com… (more)

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