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The Rule of St. Benedict:

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c. 480 - 547 A.D. _______________

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 A Division of Random House ____________


Author: St. Benedict

"...a little Rule for beginners...nothing harsh, nothing burdensome..."

-St. Benedict describing his "Rule". ______________

...obedience, humility, and contemplation...

Composed nearly 1,500 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. 

...guidance and inspiration for anyone seeking peace and fulfillment in their home and work communities.  

While they pre-suppose 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.

(-from the book's back cover.) ______________________________

...the Roman Empire was disintegrating...Benedict as a young man renounced the world and went to live in a cave near Subiaco.   

Benedict (c. 480 - 547 A.D.) lived in Italy when the Roman Empire was disintegrating.  Rome had fallen to the barbarians in 410 A.D.  Disgusted with the paganism he saw all around him, Benedict as a young man renounced the world and went to live in a cave near Subiaco.   

After several years, he was asked to be the Abbot of some local monks.  They later tried to poison him, and he left and founded twelve monasteries of twelve monks each.  

Benedict Founds Monte Cassino

The envy of the local clergy caused him to abandon this, and to found a monastery on Monte Cassino.  It became the oldest continuously inhabited monastery in Europe.

-From the Preface (Edited Summary) ______________________________

Our Comments:

This book is not for everyone.  It is not what would usually be called an "inspirational", nor is it a "devotional".

It quite simply is Benedict of Nursia telling his monks how they should live---the "Rule", or "rules" for living in the monastic Community he founded.  

It will be of interest to both the student of Christian History and the student of Christian Monasticism.

Added Bonus: 

This edition contains an excellent Chronology of Christian Monasticism (150 B.C - 600 A.D.).

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