The Rule of Benedict


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by Joan Chittister

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.