Perspectives on the Rule of St. Benedict: Expanding Our Hearts in Christ

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The Rule of Saint Benedict has shaped monastic life for centuries. Perspectives on the Rule of Saint Benedict provides a unique guide to the richness of this Rule. Focusing on vv. 1-4, 45-50 of the Prologue and chapters 72, 73, 58, and 53, Sister Aquinata Backmann presents an interpretive key for understanding the entire Rule and appreciating its spiritual and practical values. Presenting a wealth of material, she never loses sight of the christological center of the Rule or the questions involved in living it in...

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Overview

The Rule of Saint Benedict has shaped monastic life for centuries. Perspectives on the Rule of Saint Benedict provides a unique guide to the richness of this Rule. Focusing on vv. 1-4, 45-50 of the Prologue and chapters 72, 73, 58, and 53, Sister Aquinata Backmann presents an interpretive key for understanding the entire Rule and appreciating its spiritual and practical values. Presenting a wealth of material, she never loses sight of the christological center of the Rule or the questions involved in living it in our time, both in monasteries and the world.

Combining the tools of a scholar with the love of a Benedictine, Sister Aquinata focuses on the parts of the Rule where Benedict's own teaching is most clearly expressed. She has a special gift of presenting complex ideas and challenging insights in a manner accessible to non-specialists without compromising the depth of her research. This book will be engaging for scholars, monastics (whether professed or in formation) oblates, and non-monastics.

Chapters are Prolog 1 '4: Listen, Excursus: Militia, Prolog 45 '50: School of the Lord's Service, Excursus: Scola, Chapter 72: Of the Good Zeal which Monks Ought to Have, Excursus: Brotherhood, Chapter 73: That This Rule Does Not Contain the Full Observance of Justice, Excursus: Dynamism, Chapter 58: The Procedure for Receiving Brothers, Excursus: RB within Monastic Tradition, Excursus: Seeking God, Excursus: Stability, and Chapter 53: About the Reception of Guests, Excursus: Hospitality in Sacred Scripture, before RB.

Aquinata Beckmann, OSB, PhD, is a member of the Benedictine Missionary Sisters of Tutzing, Germany. She has taught in Rome since 1973 at the Pontifical Institute for Spirituality and Moral Theology Regina Mundi and as the first woman professor at Saint ' Anselmo. She was the formation director of her congregation's novitiate in Rome and a board member of the alliance for International Monasticism.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

This Rule of Benedict is a book of ethical teaching, moral teaching, and a work about God and getting to know and live with him, a means of expanding our hearts in Christ. It says stay with God.
Examiner.com

Böckmann emerges not only as a first-rate scholar of the Rule, but as a wise teacher whose lived experience of the Rule brings to her commentary a freshness that will appeal not only to those who work intimately with the Rule, but to those who are just beginning to become acquainted with its treasures.
American Benedictine Review

Many Benedictines have enjoyed Sister Aquinata Böckmann’s clarity of thought in the oral presentations she has given on the Rule of Benedict around the world. . . . For Sr. Aquitinata, the key to understanding Benedict lies in RB 72:11-12: ‘To prefer absolutely nothing to Christ who will lead us all together to eternal life.’ With these ‘perspectives,’ followers of Benedict soon realize that they are in the presence of a monastic classic.
Benedictines

This is a model of scholarly exegesis, steeped in patristic and Biblical studies aimed at those who work closely with the Rule. I would use this book in its entirety with graduate students, and in excerpts with undergraduates . . . they have here an excellent model for doing close textual analysis.
Catholic Studies An Online Journal

… provides a thoroughly scholarly look at life and love as focused on Christ by the Benedictine Rule.
Review for Religious

. . . an attractive, well-edited book.
Cistercian Studies Quarterly

Aquinata Böckmann is one of the leading commentators on the Rule of St. Benedict today.
Cistercian Studies Quarterly

Recommended for theological collections.
Catholic Library World

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814630419
  • Publisher: Liturgical Press, The
  • Publication date: 7/28/2005
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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Aquinata Bockmann, OSB, PhD, is a member of the Benedictine Missionary Sisters of Tutzing, Germany. She has taught in Rome since 1973 at the Pontifical Institute for Spirituality and Moral Theology Regina Mundi and as the first woman professor at Sant' Anselmo. She was the formation director of her congregation's novitiate in Rome and a board member of the Alliance for International Monasticism.
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Table of Contents

Prolog 1-4 : listen 12
Prolog 45-50 : school of the Lord's service 33
Chapter 72 : of the good zeal which monks ought to have 50
Chapter 73 : that this rule does not contain the full observance of justice 77
Chapter 58 : the procedure for receiving brothers 103
Chapter 53 : about the reception of guests 163
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