The Rule of St. Benedict Relevance for 21st-Century Christian

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					"The Rule of St. Benedict:
Relevance for 21st-Century
   Christian Faculty"

    Daniel R. Longo, ScD
     Professor of Family
   and Community Medicine
Benedict of Nursia
(ca. 480 - ca. 547)
Patriarch of Western Monasticism
Sancti Benedicti
   Regula
          I S T E N carefully, my child,
to your master's precepts,
and incline the ear of your heart (Prov. 4:20).
Receive willingly and carry out effectively
your loving father's advice,
that by the labor of obedience
you may return to Him
from whom you had departed by the sloth
of disobedience.
A     nd so we are going to establish
a school for the service of the Lord.
In founding it we hope to introduce nothing harsh or burdensome.
But if a certain strictness results from the dictates of equity
for the amendment of vices or the preservation of charity,
do not be at once dismayed and fly from the way of salvation,
whose entrance cannot but be narrow (Matt. 7:14).
For as we advance in the religious life and in faith,
our hearts expand
and we run the way of God's commandments
with unspeakable sweetness of love (Ps. 118:32).
Thus, never departing from His school,
but persevering in the monastery according to His teaching
until death,
we may by patience share in the sufferings of Christ (1 Peter 4:13)
and deserve to have a share also in His kingdom.
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“As notions such as solitude and spirituality
have been made to seem godly, they appear
to float high above our mundane and
unheroic experiences. Working long hours
for big companies, rushing kids around to
mall and soccer games, squirreling money
away for college and retirement, we want to
read about conversations with God, but
don’t really expect to have any ourselves …
My hope, coming to the mountain, was that
change, spirituality, and idealism aren’t
only way Up There, but also Down Here, in
the details of daily life --- family, work,
friends, dogs, dreams.”
“I thought silence was the fuel with which
I could sustain myself; it nourished the
soul… Merton was right: silence was
powerful, medicinal stuff…. There are times
in one’s life, those key moments Merton
called journeys of the soul… when one
simply has to stop, step out of one’s
routine…Going to a monastery is to think
these passages through, and running to a
mountain another… On the mountaintop, I
came to see my own life in a deeper, richer,
and more useful way than I’d been able to do
elsewhere.”
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The Cloister Walk by Kathleen Norris
• ‘This picture of how a contemporary, secular woman
  responds to the monastic life has a beauty and elegance
  in its writing that moves her book into the realms of the
  poetic.’ – Publishing News
• ‘A refreshingly new look at contemporary monastic life...
  Her writing gives us a chance to reflect on the way we
  should be living life and on its purpose.’ – The Spectator
• Ms. Norris has a poet’s particular eye, as well as a sense
  of humour and a genuine social acuity.’ – New York
  Times Book Review‘
• The book is full of humour, populated by a rich gallery of
  monks and nuns.’ – The Tablet
Relationship between Health
      and Spirituality
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To find out more….

      • www.osb.org
 Consider spending some
       time at….
• Our Lady of Peace Monastery,
  Columbia
• Assumption Abbey, Ava
• Saint Louis Abbey, St. Louis
• Conception Abbey, Conception
• Clyde Monastery, Clyde