This new edition of a five-hundred-year-old classic, The Rule of Benedict, combines the wisdom of the ancient Benedict of Nursia's Rule and author Joan Chittister's practical and inspiring commentary. Amazingly, the Rule is as relevant today as it was hundreds of years ago. It addresses today's major spiritual issues - stewardship, relationships, authority, community, balance, work, simplicity, prayer, and psychological development. Its simple text, appendix, updated content, new foreword, and reading guide make this book an important resource for individuals and communities desiring spiritual growth in the midst of today's hectic world. Paperback.
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.
For over 30 years Joan Chittister, O.S.B. has been a passionate and energetic speaker, counselor, and clear voice for the global community. A Benedictine Sister of Erie, PA, Sister Joan is an international lecturer and award-winning author of over 40 books, and the founder and executive director of Benetvision.
"By offering informed commentary that links St. Benedict's Rule with contemporary questions, Sr. Joan suceeds in her task of making 'an ancient document accessible to a modern reading public.'" —New Oxford Review