The Rule of St Benedict


March 11, 2017

Chapter 20: Petitions Before God

RB 20:1-2 –  1 Whenever we want to ask some favour of a powerful man we do it humbly and respectfully, for fear of presumption. 2 How much more important, then, to lay our petitions before the Lord God of all things with the utmost humility and sincere devotion. The Rule of St. Benedict Artwork: Phyllis […]

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March 4, 2017

Prologue: Moderation In All Things

RB Prologue 45, 46 –  45 Therefore we intend to establish a school for the Lord's service. 46 In drawing up its regulations, we hope to set down nothing harsh, nothing burdensome. The Rule of St. Benedict Artwork: Phyllis Nicoll

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October 8, 2016

Prologue: Listen

RB Prologue 1 –  Listen carefully to the master's instructions, and attend to them with the ear of your heart. The Rule of St. Benedict Artwork: Phyllis Nicoll

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September 24, 2016

Prologue: Light

RB Prologue 9, 10 –  9Let us open our eyes to the light that comes from God, and our ears to the voice from heaven that every day calls out this charge: 10If you hear his voice today, do not harden your hearts (Ps 94[95]:8). The Rule of St. Benedict Artwork: Phyllis Nicoll

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August 20, 2016

Chapter 7: Humility

Without doubt, this descent and ascent can signify only that we descend by exaltation and ascend by humility.

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July 16, 2016

Chapter 48: Daily Manual Labour and Prayer

Idleness is the enemy of the soul. Therefore, the sisters should have specified periods for manual labour as well as for prayerful reading.

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June 20, 2016

Chapter 5: Obedience

If a disciple obeys grudgingly and grumbles, not only aloud but also in her heart, then, even though she carries out the order, her action will not be accepted with favour by God...

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May 28, 2016

Chapter 64: Election of the Abbess

The abbess must be chaste, temperate and merciful. She should always let mercy triumph over judgment so that she too may win mercy.

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April 23, 2016

Chapter 34: Distribution According To Need

It is written: Distribution was made to each one as there was need (Acts 4:35). By this we do not imply that there should be favoritism...

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April 9, 2016

Chapter 4: The Tools for Good Works

Listen readily to holy reading, and devote yourself often to prayer.

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