Way in the Wilderness: A Commentary on the Rule of Benedict For The Physically And Spiritually Imprisoned

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This is an entirely fresh and original interpretation of the Rule of St Benedict for people today. James Bishop was imprisoned for serious offences. While there he discovered the Rule and absorbed it into his own life. The circumstances gave him a very particular understanding of it.

This is a chapter-by-chapter commentary. The author has Written it not just with prisoners in mind but for all those who feel imprisoned, emotionally, physically or in any other way. The author has ...

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A Way in the Wilderness: A Commentary on the Rule of Benedict For The Physically And Spiritually Imprisoned

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Overview

This is an entirely fresh and original interpretation of the Rule of St Benedict for people today. James Bishop was imprisoned for serious offences. While there he discovered the Rule and absorbed it into his own life. The circumstances gave him a very particular understanding of it.

This is a chapter-by-chapter commentary. The author has Written it not just with prisoners in mind but for all those who feel imprisoned, emotionally, physically or in any other way. The author has found the Rule to be a source of balance and freedom and a guide to being truly human which will never leave him.

In his Foreword, Laurence Freeman writes: 'Because St Benedict's Rule is so sensitive to exceptions, it might be said that it is the exceptions to the Rule that prove its value. What James found in the community of the Rule was what is essential to it- moderation, gentleness, honesty, regular prayer, unceasing mindfulness of God's presence and our vocation to holiness.'

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441151155
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 5/10/2012
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Fr Laurence Freeman xii

Introduction xv

Use of the Rule of St. Benedict xvii

Prologue 1

1 On the Kinds of Monks 14

2 What Kind of Man the Abbot Ought to Be 20

3 On Calling the Brothers for Counsel 31

4 What the Instruments of Good Works Are 34

5 On Obedience 42

6 On the Spirit of Silence 46

7 On Humility 49

8 On the Divine Office During the Night 61

9 How Many Psalms Are to Be Said at the Night Office 63

10 How the Night Office Is to Be Said in the Summer Season 66

11 How the Night Office Is to Be Said on Sundays 67

12 How the Morning Office Is to Be Said 69

13 How the Morning Office Is to Be Said on Weekdays 71

14 How the Night Office Is to Be Said on the Feasts of the Saints 73

15 At What Times "Alleluia" Is to Be Said 74

16 How the Work of God Is to Be Performed During the Day 76

17 How Many Psalms Are to Be Chanted at These Hours 77

18 In What Order the Psalms Are to Be Said 79

19 On the Manner of Chanting the Psalms 84

20 On Reverence at Prayer 86

21 On the Deans of the Monastery 88

22 How the Monks Are to Sleep 90

23 On Excommunication for Faults 92

24 What the Manner of Excommunication Should Be 94

25 On Graver Faults 96

26 On Those Who Without an Order From the Abbot Associate With the Excommunicated 98

27 How Concerned the Abbot Should Be About the Excommunicated 99

28 On Those Who Do Not Amend After Repeated Corrections 102

29 Whether Brethren Who Leave the Monastery-Ought to Be Received Again 104

30 How Young Boys Are to Be Corrected 106

31 What Kind of Man the Cellarer of the Monastery Ought to Be 108

32 On the Tools and Goods of the Monastery 112

33 Whether Monks Ought to Have Anything of Their Own 114

34 Whether All Should Receive in Equal Measure What is Necessary 116

35 On the Weekly Servers in the Kitchen 118

36 On the Sick Brethren 121

37 On the Aged and Children 123

38 On the Weekly Reader 125

39 On the Quantity of Food 128

40 On the Quantity of Drink 131

41 At What Times Brothers Should Take Their Meals 134

42 That No One Speak After Compline 136

43 On Those Who Are Tardy in Coming to the Work of God or to Table 138

44 How the Excommunicated Make Satisfaction 142

45 On Those Who Commit A Fault in the Oratory 144

46 On Those Who Fail in Any Other Matters 146

47 On Giving the Signal for the Time of the Work of God 148

48 On the Daily Work 150

49 On the Keeping of Lent 154

50 On Brothers Who Work A Long Distance From the Oratory or Are on a Journey 156

51 On the Brothers Who Do Not Go Very Far Away 157

52 On the Oratory of the Monastery 159

53 On the Reception of Guests 161

54 Whether a Monk Should Receive Letters or Anything Else 166

55 On the Clothing and the Shoes of the Brethren 168

56 On the Abbot's Table 173

57 On the Artists of the Monastery 175

58 On the Manner of Admitting Brothers 178

59 On the Children of the Noble and of the Poor Who Are Offered 183

60 On Priests Who May Wish to Live in the Monastery 185

61 How Stranger Monks Are To Be Received 188

62 On the Priests of the Monastery 191

63 On the Order in the Monastery 194

64 On the Election of the Abbot 198

65 On the Prior of the Monastery 202

66 On the Porters of the Monastery 205

67 On the Brothers Who Are Sent on a Journey 207

68 If a Brother Is Commanded to Do Impossible Things 209

69 That in the Monastery No One Presume to Defend Another 211

70 That No One Presume to Strike Another 212

71 That the Brethren Be Obedient to One Another 214

72 On the Virtuous Zeal Which the Monks Ought to Have 216

73 On the Fact That Not the Whole Observance of Righteousness Is Laid Down in this Rule 218

Conclusion 220

How to Meditate 221

St. Benedict's Medal 223

What does it mean to be a Benedictine Oblate of The World Community for Christian Meditation? 224

About The World Community for Christian Meditation 228

Acknowledgements 230

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