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The Rule of Benedict: A Spirituality for the 21st Century #2020

The Rule of Benedict A Spirituality for the st Century 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 introducti

  • Title: The Rule of Benedict: A Spirituality for the 21st Century
  • Author: Joan D. Chittister
  • ISBN: 9780824525941
  • Page: 333
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Rule of Benedict: A Spirituality for the 21st Century By Joan D. 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 humanThis 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.

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    1. The insights gained from this book are powerful, and derived from just a few minutes a day of reading I highly recommend this book as a starting point for anyone with a busy schedule After reading it, you will find, as I did, how much can be done in life to walk closer with Christ.

    2. My first four month daily reading of the Rule of Benedict with Joan Chittister s commentary which was getting repetitive.

    3. The Rule of Benedict is a simple rule book for monastic life that was written over 1500 years ago In it one can learn about the importance of community life within the monastery Each and every person is to submit to the rule, although all throughout there are exceptions because of unforeseen situations, and disobedience in regards to the rule will result in varying degrees of punishment The rule speaks about all the various tasks that occur in a monastery whether the work of God or the work of t [...]

    4. The Rule of Benedict was originally written than 1,500 years ago Chittester s book reproduces the rule 73 rules actually with commentary for the modern reader.The material is good and I would have given the book five stars if not for Chittester s insistence on making everything gender neutral Replacing the word abbot with prioress or abbot makes parts of the book tedious to read.I would still reccommend the book to anyone interested in Benedictine spiritually Just be prepared to wade through a [...]

    5. I m not even Catholic but even I can get behind the Rules of Saint Benedict I like this volume because it relates how people can apply to rule of St Benedict everyday in their lives I also love how the author incorporates the teachings of other religions into the book.

    6. A thorough introduction to Benedictine spirituality Chittister is thoughtful and accessible, if a bit dry She examines the Rule paragraph by paragraph, interpreting it and giving contemporary applications for Christians today.

    7. I had to read chapters of this for my class I ended up reading the entire book Joan Chittister did a great job of explaining the rules, in the context of other religions Our assignment helped us to write our own rules of life.A must read for those looking for structure a deeper meaning.

    8. Not an easy read by any means but full of challenging, inspiring and centring wisdom There is a lot to process here I recommend as a daily devotional than a read straight through book.

    9. This was my 26th Chittister book and a required reading for us Benedictine Oblates at St Placid Priory We will be discussing it each month during our meetings I can t get enough of Joan Chittister and truly believe she is a gift from God Her perspective on the Rule helped me to gain insight and understand the reasoning behind it She also helped me to apply it to my own life few as a teacher, friend, daughter, mother, grandmother and member of our society I highly recommend this book to anyone se [...]

    10. Just an annotated Rule of Benedict the rule itself would get 4 1 2 stars , but it was well done and insightful.

    11. Over the past several years, my friendship with Brother Cassian, one of the monks at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers, GA, has been a special blessing I visit him occasionally, usually arriving at the monastery in time to join the community for Vespers, singing the Psalms set to Gregorian Chants, which is done antiphonally from choir stalls facing each other across the nave of the monastery church Cassian was our prayer partner this past week because on Wednesday, after his first five [...]

    12. Looking for a good devotional Then look no further, the Rule of Benedict is here Joan Chittister has done the Church a great favor by taking Benedict s Rule and arranging it for daily reading The Rule is good enough to stand on it s own, but Chittster has added daily thoughts to help the reader understand it and apply it to their lives in the 21st Century She has taken a perfect text for because Benedict, while being strict to modern standards, is very adaptable for modern life While it be hard [...]

    13. I am currently on my second reading of this fine little book, and fully expect to begin reading it again upon completion The Rule is intended as part of daily reading of the Benedictine monastic tradition Sr Joan provides commentary that breathes life into the ancient text, giving reverence to Benedict s wisdom and providing a life affirming understanding of the rule as it applies to life today.This volume is intended to be read as part of a daily routine Each day provides wisdom to savor and co [...]

    14. This book was a helpful and insightful book With a book like this it certainly does seem possible that one could treat their own life as ones monastery These seemingly monastic rules have been given a contemporary living in the world understanding as well and I think people would benefit from reading this book, it is somewhat simplistic making it easy for people to read Nonetheless, I feel that this book reminds me of the scene in the New Testament when Jesus was asked what is The Greatest Comma [...]

    15. This is a day by day read, cycled through x 3 in calendar year the first time through, as part of a Lay Chaplaincy class, I was unimpressed but for a few comments noted in yellow marker being me, I had to go the distance second time through, huh, starting to hear some bells of spiritual sense liking her use of the Tao, and Jewish wisdom inserted markings in black ink Third time through, red ink and folded corners it s now among my possible re reads took a while, but I now recommend this as a wi [...]

    16. This book offers much to ponder on humility, obedience, community, balance, leadership and simplicity The commentary is alternated with Benedict s text to give insight for application in the contemporary non monastic Christian life The book is arranged by date for three reading cycles per year, and I am trying to read a section each day This has become a grounding experience for me as I face the daily struggles of this world.

    17. The author, Joan Chittister, is herself a Benedictine Sister, and in this book she provides extensive commentary on the Rule of St Benedict which the Saint himself composed some 1,500 years ago She shows how the Rule has relevance today for anyone seeking after God in today s world Excellent for either individual reading or for a group study.

    18. A Benedictine Oblate is to read part of the Rule each day, reading the whole Rule three times a year this book follows that recommendation, each day providing clarification of the Rule in today s world Sister Joan provides so much spiritual insight I highly recommend this book for Oblate novices and even into one s second year I shall certainly read it again.

    19. As a Benedictine Oblate reading and reflecting on the Rule is a daily ritual This rendering takes the Rule into the 21st Century with thought provoking reflections Sr Joan s often used references to non Christian ancient wisdom is refreshing and helps keeps meditations on a global perspective.

    20. Wonderful interpretation in that it is gender neutral, appreciative of Taoist and Jewish awareness of Source while remaining true to the nature, meaning, and purpose of the The Rule of Benedict Coming from a mystical Christian perspective, these elements ring true and make the text much in line with my experience of the Divine Highly recommend

    21. Sr Joan has a way of delving into the depths of even the most obscure texts of the rule and finding wisdom for the ages She shows how Benedict s wisdom has value for everyone in today s at times negative culture I have read it many times as it forms an important part of one s daily reading from the rule.

    22. Joan Chittisterwhat can I say she renders this ancient document to us in a very accessible way Whether you agree with the path of monasticism or not, there is much wisdom here for consideration.

    23. I read this in anticipation of a retreat I m going on at the Erie Benedictine community I find many overlaps with my own Quaker values and love the ways in which common sense, compassion, and simplicity blend here Sr Joan Chittister s commentary is wonderful spiritual reading in itself.

    24. Daily readings for the Rule of St Benedict with reflections to match each day s reading Benedictines read the Rule three times each year, looking at a piece of it each day It takes a lifetime to figure out how to live it Part of it is the daily reading and praying that informs one s heart.

    25. An inspirational read that takes the Rule of Benedict and gives a modern understanding of a spiritual way of life While you could read it straight through, the best way is to take a few pages at a time, and then reflect.

    26. I read this little book every day It is divided up so you could read it 3 times in one year, with daily readings Benedict was so practical His advice is great for parents, leaders, each of us in our role in life What a way to keep ourselves on track

    27. A straightforward presentation of Benedict s rule for communal living It s not a literary masterpiece, but an interesting approach to a democratic, simple, sustainable life If you are interested, I recommend it It won t appeal to everyone.

    28. I return to this again and again, or rather I would if I hadn t lent it to someone and not got it back It s one to read, and re read, and read again.

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