The Rule of Benedict: A Spirituality for the 21st Century   -     By: Joan Chittister
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The Rule of Benedict: A Spirituality for the 21st Century

Crossroad / 2010 / Paperback

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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.

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Format: Paperback
Vendor: Crossroad
Publication Date: 2010
ISBN: 0824525949
ISBN-13: 9780824525941

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Publisher's Description

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.

Author Bio

Joan Chittister is the executive director of the company Benetvision, which serves as a resource and research center for contemporary spirituality; a member of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie; and a former past president of the Conference of American Benedictine Prioresses and the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. She writes "From Where I Stand," a weekly column in the National Catholic Reporter, and is the author of many books, including The Friendship of Women, The Gift of Years, In Search of Belief, In the Heart of the Temple, and Wisdom Distilled from the Daily. She lives in Erie, Pennsylvania.

Author Biography

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.

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"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

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