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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.
The Benedictine Way, the author contends, is the spirituality of the twenty-first century because it deals with issues facing us now stewardship, relationships, and spiritual and psychological development. Joan Chittister's commentary is brilliant, as always with her writing. This relates the timeless rule to the timeliness of the world today. This is an excellent resource, and an excellent guide.
Table of Contents
|An Invitation||p. ix|
|The Kinds of Monastics||p. 25|
|Qualities of the Abbot or Prioress||p. 33|
|Summoning the Community for Counsel||p. 51|
|The Tools for Good Works||p. 56|
|Restraint of Speech||p. 73|
|The Divine Office at Night||p. 100|
|The Number of Psalms at the Night Office||p. 103|
|The Arrangement of the Night Office in Summer||p. 106|
|The Celebration of Vigils on Sunday||p. 107|
|The Celebration of the Solemnity of Lauds||p. 110|
|The Celebration of Lauds on Ordinary Days||p. 111|
|The Celebration of Vigils on the Anniversaries of Saints||p. 116|
|The Times for Saying Alleluia||p. 117|
|The Celebration of the Divine Office During the Day||p. 119|
|The Number of Psalms to be Sung at These Hours||p. 121|
|The Order of the Psalmody||p. 124|
|The Discipline of Psalmody||p. 130|
|Reverence in Prayer||p. 132|
|The Deans of the Monastery||p. 134|
|The Sleeping Arrangements of Monastics||p. 138|
|Excommunication for Faults||p. 141|
|Degrees of Excommunication||p. 144|
|Serious Faults||p. 146|
|Unauthorized Association with the Excommunicated||p. 148|
|The Concern of the Abbot and Prioress for the Excommunicated||p. 149|
|Those Who Refuse to Amend after Frequent Reproofs||p. 152|
|Readmission of Members Who Leave the Monastery||p. 155|
|The Manner of Reproving the Young||p. 156|
|Qualifications of the Monastery Cellarer||p. 158|
|The Tools and Goods of the Monastery||p. 163|
|Monastics and Private Ownership||p. 165|
|Distribution of Goods According to Need||p. 167|
|Kitchen Servers of the Week||p. 169|
|The Sick||p. 174|
|The Elderly and the Young||p. 177|
|The Reader for the Week||p. 178|
|The Proper Amount of Food||p. 184|
|The Proper Amount of Drink||p. 187|
|The Times for Meals||p. 191|
|Silence after Compline||p. 194|
|Tardiness at the Opus Dei or at Table||p. 197|
|Satisfaction by the Excommunicated||p. 202|
|Mistakes in the Oratory||p. 204|
|Faults Committed in Other Matters||p. 205|
|Announcing the Hours for the Opus Dei||p. 209|
|The Daily Manual Labor||p. 211|
|The Observance of Lent||p. 218|
|Members Working at a Distance or Traveling||p. 222|
|Members on a Short Journey||p. 224|
|The Oratory of the Monastery||p. 225|
|The Reception of Guests||p. 227|
|Letters or Gifts||p. 234|
|Clothing and Footwear||p. 235|
|The Prioress's or Abbot's Table||p. 241|
|The Artisans of the Monastery||p. 243|
|The Procedure for Receiving Members||p. 246|
|The Offering of Children by Nobles or by the Poor||p. 253|
|The Admission of Priests to the Monastery||p. 256|
|The Reception of Visiting Monastics||p. 259|
|The Priests of the Monastery||p. 263|
|Community Rank||p. 265|
|The Election of a Prioress or Abbot||p. 270|
|The Prior and Subprioress of the Monastery||p. 277|
|The Porter of the Monastery||p. 282|
|Members Sent on a Journey||p. 286|
|Assignment of Impossible Tasks||p. 290|
|The Presumption of Defending Another in the Monastery||p. 292|
|The Presumption of Striking Another Monastic at Will||p. 294|
|Mutual Obedience||p. 295|
|The Good Zeal of Monastics||p. 298|
|This Rule only a Beginning of Perfection||p. 301|
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