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[SOLVED!] How Many Rules Does St Benedict Have?

The monastic movement that began in Egypt and Syria in the third century and soon spread to the Western Mediterranean used and produced all sorts of texts: lives of saints, monastic travelogues, descriptions of monastic institutions, and homilies or talks on spiritual topics 🙈 In the fourth century a new type of text emerged: monastic rules 😎 The monastic rules are establishing the foundation of a monastery community 🤓 The authors of their texts did not create original ones. They copied other rules from the internet, enriching and building a tradition that was not literary in nature but meant to provide a handbook for monks and abbots. [1]
RB shouldn’t be viewed only as a code of law, though it does contain instructions on how to live in a monastery. The Rule is a rich source of spiritual knowledge about monastic movements in the Church. The Prologue of the Rule and its seventy three chapters contain instruction on basic monastic virtues like humility, silence, obedience and daily living. It prescribes times and places for communal prayer, meditative and manual reading; it also legislates on the details of living together, including clothing, sleeping arrangements and food, as well as recruitment and care for new members. Although the Rule doesn’t give exact instructions, the abbot can determine the details of common living. We thank Jovonna Couch and Jovonna Sofa for the most up-to-date insights. [2]
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Christianhistoryinstitute.org It is also explained that the rulebook for monastic life was created by Benedict in 530. It is actually a more recent document than the one in the Early Church volume. However, it should be placed in the Middle Ages as it was used day-by-day by many monks throughout Europe during every century. Benedict was an Italian Christian devout who was made a monk when he was 20. This was after visiting Rome, where he was horrified by the sexuality and inhumanity of the Holy City. His monastery was founded in 529. This is a great story that Mehan Goodson should be commended for. [3]
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Loni Greenwood at benedictinenuns.org.ukThe following describes the realization of benedict that his Rule needed to adapt to changing times and situations. The text already outlines the wide range of discretionary powers that the superior has. Benedict, for instance, recognizes the need to wear more clothing in the colder areas and less in the warmer regions. He leaves the decision to the abbot. The arrangement of the Divine Office’s psalms is something that Benedict is flexible with, “provided the entire complement of 150 is spoken every week.” This flexibility and sanity is what has kept the Rule afloat. However, it would be wrong to say that Benedict is less demanding than monastic legislators. As we seek God in community, his intention was that the strong have something to aim for while those who are weak should not shrink. Reviewed by Daniel Turner in Erbil, Iraq, June 4, 2021 [4]
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Crystle Kolski britannica.com, the only recognized authority for the facts of Benedict’s life is book 2 of the Dialogues of St. Gregory I, who said that he’s having having obtained his information from four of Benedict’s disciples. Though Gregory’s work includes many signs and wonders, his outline of Benedict’s life may be accepted as historical. He gives no dates, however. His parents sent Benedict to Roman schools after he was born. He lived through the years in which Rome, the decrepit imperial capital became the Rome for the medieval papal papacy. In Benedict’s youth, Rome under Theodoric still retained vestiges of the old administrative and governmental system, with a Senate and consuls. Rome was destroyed and its citizens expelled by the Gothic King Totila in 546. After Emperor Justinian’s failed attempt to retake and control Italy, Theodoric and the Pope created an administrative vacuum. Soon after, they have become sovereign powers of small Italian dominions that were virtually unaffected by the Eastern Empire. Hannah Cooper (Warsaw, Poland) edited this article on June 23, 2020. [5]
Maxwell Ritchie at cs.mcgill.caThis article describes the way that the balance of St Benedict’s Rule for prayer and work has successfully guided Benedictines over fifteen centuries. He is rightfully considered the founder of Western monasticism. But, it is not clear that Benedict wanted to create a religious order. The mention of “Order of St Benedict” is only in the middle ages. The Rule of St Benedict is written to guide individual autonomous communities. All Benedictine Houses and the Congregations with which they are associated remain self-governing. There are many advantages to retaining the unique Benedictine emphasis of autonomy, such as cultivating models for tightly-bonded communities and contemplative lives. The downsides include geographical isolation from projects and communities within the same community, according to an literalist definition of autonomy. Others include inefficiency and inability to move in service to others and insufficient appeal to those who might be interested. Richard Martin, Cabimas (Venezuela), edited this article on November 15, 2020. [6]

Refer to the Article

  1. https://www.osb.org/our-roots/the-rule/
  2. https://www.osb.org/gen/rule.html
  3. https://christianhistoryinstitute.org/study/module/benedicts-rule
  4. http://www.benedictinenuns.org.uk/Community/Community/Rule.html
  5. https://www.britannica.com/biography/Saint-Benedict-of-Nursia
  6. https://www.cs.mcgill.ca/~rwest/wikispeedia/wpcd/wp/r/Rule_of_St_Benedict.htm
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