The history of the text of st benedict’s rule is, very shortly, as follows: st benedict died in 543 in 581, according to the author of the edition: current page: [xvi] historia langobardorum, his monastery of monte cassino was laid waste and the monks fled for refuge to rome, “taking with them the codex of the holy rule, which the. The rule of st benedict was written in the early 6th century by benedict of nursia, italy the rule contains 73 chapters which outline a way of life based on the gospel and lived in community under the guidance of and obedience to an abbot (men) or prioress (women), and obedience to one another. St benedict is believed to have been born around 480, as the son to a roman noble of norcia and the twin to his sister, scholastica in the fifth century, the young benedict was sent to rome to finish his education with a nurse/housekeeper.
In egypt, the followers of st anthony were purely eremetical, whilst those who followed the rule of st pachomius, though they more nearly approached the cenobitical ideal, were yet without that element of stability insisted upon by st benedict, viz: the common life and family spirit. The rule of saint benedict this little rule can be a place to beginlisten, my child i want you to place the ear of your heart on the solid ground of the master's wisdom (what i received, i'm passing on to you) this advice is from a spiritual father who loves. Benedict of nursia abbot benedict of nursia, depicted in the act of writing the benedictine rule, painting by herman nieg, 1926 in the church of heiligenkreuz abbey near baden bei wien, lower austria.
The rule of st benedict this article, written by sister jane michele mcclure, osb, originally appeared in crossings , a tri-annual publication of the sisters of st benedict of ferdinand, indiana the entire document is less than a hundred pages. The rule of saint benedict by benedict of nursia, bruce l venarde one of the most influential texts in the middle ages, the rule of saint benedict offers guidance about both the spiritual and organizational dimensions, from the loftiest to the lowliest, of monastic life. The rule of st benedict was the standard monastic rule in the western church by the 9th century, and it served as the basis for the later cluniac and cistercian reform movements additional media more about saint benedict.
Introduction to study the holy rule of saint benedict and abbot philip lawrence’s accompanying commentary st benedict’s rule for monastic living has been soul inspiring and formative for countless numbers of persons who have lived as monks, nuns, priests, deacons, teachers, parish workers, seekers of holiness, and so many others. Benedict’s rule: a translation and commentary by terrence g kardong, osb is the first line-by-line exegesis of the entire rule of benedict written originally in english this full commentary — predominately literary and historical criticism — is based on and includes a latin text of regula benedicti (liturgical press. Benedict explains the responsibilities of the abbott, or community leader, in whose care rests the welfare of the community's members the rule of st benedict provides tangible advice regarding how a community of christians can cultivate contented souls that are modest and free from want.
The rule of saint benedict - translated with an introduction by cardinal gasquet the text of this edition has been digitally reset so as faithfully to reproduce that of the 1925 edition of the rule of saint benedict originally published by chatto & windus, london. Saint benedict of nursia (c 480 ad - 543 ad) founded twelve monasteries, the best known of which was his first monastery at monte cassino in italy benedict wrote a set of rules governing his monks, the rule of saint benedict, one of the more influential documents in western civilization benedict. The rule is offered to students of the college of saint benedict and saint john’s university in order to introduce the benedictine heritage of the two schools to those unfamiliar with the rule and with monastic life and history (and that means virtually all new students), this brief booklet may be confusing. Indeed, ever since st benedict’s time (480-547), movements of monastic renewal have frequently taken special guidance from the rule’s profound vision of what it means to be a group of christians living and laboring together in service of the father’s will.
The rule of st benedict is a book written by benedict of nursia it contains rules for governing a community of christian monks monks are religious men who spend their time praying, reading the bible, and working. This translation of the holy rule of st benedict was made from the third edition of the text as edited by dom cuthbert butler of downside abbey in england (st louis: b herder book co, 1935. The rule of st benedict, or simply ‘the rule’ (or rb) was written by st benedict of nursia, considered by some the father of western monasticism and his rule—which are guidelines for living in communi.