This advice is from a spiritual father who loves you and gives you the sort of counsel that will shape your whole life. Listen, my child. I want you to put the ear of your heart to the solid ground of the masters wisdom (what I received, Im passing on to you). Its advice from a spiritual father who loves you the sort of counsel you receive by letting it shape your whole life. So begins the famous opening paragraph of Benedicts Rule in Jonathan Wilson-Hartgroves vital, new, contemporary paraphrase. The entire text of the Rule is here plus a lengthy introduction from Jonathan, and detailed explanatory notes throughout that explain difficult passages. The result is a classic re-introduced that will enliven any 21st-century expression of religious community.
St. Benedict of Nursia (ca. 480-547) is considered the founder of Western monasticism.