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The Rule of Benedict: Insights for the Ages (Crossroad Spiritual Legacy…

by Joan Chittister

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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.… (more)
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My first four-month daily reading of the Rule of Benedict with Joan Chittister's commentary (which was getting repetitive). ( )
  claudinec | Jun 14, 2017 |
i loved this book. reading the rule of benedict was really interesting and chittister's reflections on it were insightful and moving. there is much to be gained from reading this rule and implementing into your life (even if you don't live in a monastery). ( )
  shannonkearns | May 29, 2011 |
If you are looking for a good devotional commentary on the Rule of Benedict for each day, I highly recomment this one. While scholarly, it does not come across as such. A rule a day is accompanied with a few words by one of the best Benedictine writers of our time. Very practical advice comes through as one ponders the Rule of the day. This book takes the reader throuth the entire Rule of Benedict three times in any given year. ( )
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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.

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