The Rule of Benedict: A Spirituality for the 21st Century Paperback – Aug 1 2010
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Benedict's Rule for life includes worship, work, study, prayer, and relaxation. Benedict's Rule requires community -- even for those who become hermits or solitaries, there is a link to the community through worship and through the Rule. No one is alone. This is an important part of the relationship of God to the world, so it is an integral part of the Rule.
Benedict's Rule was set out first in a world that was torn with warfare, economic and political upheaval, and a generally harsh physical environment. This Rule was set out to bring order to a general chaos in which people lived. This is still true today, and men and women all over the world use Benedict's 'little rule for beginners' as a basic structure for their lives.
The first word of the rule is Listen. This is perhaps the best advice for anyone looking for any guidance or rule of life. While Benedict's Rule is decidedly Christocentric and hierarchical (though not as hierarchical as much popular ideas about monastic practice would have one think), it nonetheless can give value to any reader who is looking to construct a practice for oneself.
Benedict's establishment of a monastery was in fact the establishment of a school for spirituality. In his prologue to the Rule, Benedict even states this as his intention.Read more ›
An added benefit is Chittister's editorial technique of dividing Benedict's Rule and her associated commentaries into specific dates on the annual calendar. This enables the serious reader/reflector to read over each mini section of the rule and this associated, wonderful commentary on three different dates each year.
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Purchased this book for a course I am going to take. Haven't really looked at it yet. From what I've seen, it looks very interesting.Published on Aug. 6 2013 by Ann Barry
I am relatively new to Benedictine spirituality, and have found this commentary to be extremely helpful in thinking about how the Rule applies to my life as a person in a secular... Read morePublished on June 16 2001 by marared
I have read several books on the Rule and I think that this one and "Wisdom Distilled from the Daily" by Joan Chittister are some of the most clearly written ones I have... Read morePublished on Feb. 14 2001
Absolutely the best spiritual guide I have ever come across. Read slowly, it is jam-packed with common sense!Published on July 6 1999
Unfortunately, the author's distortion of St. Benedict's text through using inclusive language and the highly subjective interpretations of his rule from a feminist political... Read morePublished on May 12 1999