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The Rule of St. Benedict

by Benedictus (santo)

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Composed nearly fifteen hundred years ago by the father of Western monasticism, The Rule of St. Benedict has for centuries been the guide of religious communities. St. Benedict's rules of obedience, humility, and contemplation are not only prerequisites for formal religious societies, they also provide an invaluable model for anyone desiring to live more simply. While they presuppose a certain detachment from the world, they provide guidance and inspiration for anyone seeking peace and fulfillment in their home and work communities. As prepared by the Benedictine monk and priest Timothy Fry, this translation of The Rule of St. Benedict can be a life-transforming book.
  PSZC | Apr 16, 2019 |
Interesting as a historical document, but not as generally applicable to life as I had hoped. ( )
  wirehead | Sep 3, 2018 |
An interesting book with some usefulness for practical spirituality. For the most part this work concerns monasticism and directions for community life so some familiarity with the Benedictines/Cistercians/Trappists would be helpful before reading. ( )
  sc4 | Oct 31, 2017 |
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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. English-only Edition.
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  St-Johns-Episcopal | Jun 16, 2017 |
The rule that shaped Western Monasticism. It is easy to see how Benedict's prescriptions helped western monks build community characterized by humility, obedience, contemplation and hospitality. This is a readable translation and there are some good insights here for leadership and spiritual development. ( )
  Jamichuk | May 22, 2017 |
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Benedictus (santo)Authorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
De Waal, Esther Aletta SusannaIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Del Mastro, M. L.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Doyle, Leonard J.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fry, TimothyEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hunink, VincentTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McCann, JustinTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Meisel, Anthony C.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pricoco, SalvatoreEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Steidle, BasiliusTranslatorsecondary 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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