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The Rule of Benedict: A Spirituality for the 21st Century
     

The Rule of Benedict: A Spirituality for the 21st Century

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by Joan Chittister
 

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ISBN-10: 0824525949

ISBN-13: 9780824525941

Pub. Date: 08/01/2010

Publisher: Crossroad Publishing Company


This new edition of a classic religious text combines the timeless wisdom of Benedict of Nursia's Rule with the perceptive commentary of a renowned Benedictine mystic and scholar. In her new introduction to the Rule, the author boldly claims that Benedict's sixth-century text is the only one of great traditions

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This new edition of a classic religious text combines the timeless wisdom of Benedict of Nursia's Rule with the perceptive commentary of a renowned Benedictine mystic and scholar. In her new introduction to the Rule, the author boldly claims that Benedict's sixth-century text is the only one of great traditions that directly touches the contemporary issues facing the human community—stewardship, conversion, communication, reflection, contemplation, humility, and equality. Tracing Benedict's original Rule paragraph by paragraph, it expands its principles into the larger context of spiritual living in a secular world and makes the seemingly archaic instructions relevant for a contemporary audience. A new foreword, updated content, an appendix, and a recommended calendar for reading the entries and commentaries make this an invaluable resource for solitary or communal contemplation.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780824525941
Publisher:
Crossroad Publishing Company
Publication date:
08/01/2010
Series:
Spiritual Legacy Series
Edition description:
Second edition
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
74,535
Product dimensions:
8.52(w) x 11.80(h) x 0.77(d)

Table of Contents

An Invitation ix

Introduction 1

Prologue 3

1 The Kinds of Monastics 25

2 Qualities of the Abbot or Prioress 33

3 Summoning the Community for Counsel 51

4 The Tools for Good Works 56

5 Obedience 67

6 Restraint of Speech 73

7 Humility 76

8 The Divine Office at Night 100

9 The Number of Psalms at the Night Office 103

10 The Arrangement of the Night Office in Summer 106

11 The Celebration of Vigils on Sunday 107

12 The Celebration of the Solemnity of Lauds 110

13 The Celebration of Lauds on Ordinary Days 111

14 The Celebration of Vigils on the Anniversaries of Saints 116

15 The Times for Saying Alleluia 117

16 The Celebration of the Divine Office During the Day 119

17 The Number of Psalms to be Sung at These Hours 121

18 The Order of the Psalmody 124

19 The Discipline of Psalmody 130

20 Reverence in Prayer 132

21 The Deans of the Monastery 134

22 The Sleeping Arrangements of Monastics 138

23 Excommunication for Faults 141

24 Degrees of Excommunication 144

25 Serious Faults 146

26 Unauthorized Association with the Excommunicated 148

27 The Concern of the Abbot and Prioress for the Excommunicated 149

28 Those Who Refuse to Amend after Frequent Reproofs 152

29 Readmission of Members Who Leave the Monastery 155

30 The Manner of Reproving the Young 156

31 Qualifications of the Monastery Cellarer 158

32 The Tools and Goods of the Monastery 163

33 Monastics and Private Ownership 165

34 Distribution of Goods According to Need 167

35 Kitchen Servers of the Week 169

36 The Sick 174

37 The Elderly and the Young 177

38 The Reader for the Week 178

39 The Proper Amount of Food 184

40 The Proper Amount of Drink 187

41 The Times for Meals 191

42 Silence after Compline 194

43 Tardiness at the Opus Dei or at Table 197

44 Satisfaction by the Excommunicated 202

45 Mistakes in the Oratory 204

46 Faults Committed in Other Matters 205

47 Announcing the Hours for the Opus Dei 209

48 The Daily Manual Labor 211

49 The Observance of Lent 218

50 Members Working at a Distance or Traveling 222

51 Members on a Short Journey 224

52 The Oratory of the Monastery 225

53 The Reception of Guests 227

54 Letters or Gifts 234

55 Clothing and Footwear 235

56 The Prioress's or Abbot's Table 241

57 The Artisans of the Monastery 243

58 The Procedure for Receiving Members 246

59 The Offering of Children by Nobles or by the Poor 253

60 The Admission of Priests to the Monastery 256

61 The Reception of Visiting Monastics 259

62 The Priests of the Monastery 263

63 Community Rank 265

64 The Election of a Prioress or Abbot 270

65 The Prior and Subprioress of the Monastery 277

66 The Porter of the Monastery 282

67 Members Sent on a Journey 286

68 Assignment of Impossible Tasks 290

69 The Presumption of Defending Another in the Monastery 292

70 The Presumption of Striking Another Monastic at Will 294

71 Mutual Obedience 295

72 The Good Zeal of Monastics 298

73 This Rule only a Beginning of Perfection 301

Acknowledgments 304

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