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  BENEDICTINES - LoveToKnow Article on BENEDICTINES   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-15)
The organization of the Benedictine houses into provinces or chapters under this legislation interfered in the least possible degree with the Benedictine tradition of mutual independence of the houses; the provinces were loose federations of autonomous houses, the legislative power of the chapter and the canonical visitations being the only forms of external interference.
The English Benedictines never advanced farther along the path of centralization; up to their destruction this polity remained in operation among them, and proved itself by its results to be well adapted to the conditions of the Benedictine Rule and life.
In the early times the Benedictine nuns were not strictly enclosed, and could, when occasion called for it, freely go out of their convent walls to perform any special work: on the other hand, they did not resemble the modern active congregations of women, whose ordinary work lies outside the convent.
www.1911encyclopedia.org /B/BE/BENEDICTINES.htm   (3659 words)

Though a Benedictine himself born in Aquitaine and trained at Saint-Seine near Dijon, Benedict was imbued with the rigid austerity of the East, and in his Abbey of Aniane practiced a mode of life that was severe in the extreme.
Benedict's Rule was widely propagated by Charlemagne and his son, Louis the Pious, and the Council of Aix-la-Chapelle in 817 enforced its general observance in all the nunneries of the empire.
Another phase of Benedictine influence may be founded in the work of those monks who, from the sixth to the twelfth century, so frequently acted as the chosen counsellors of kings, and whose wise advice and guidance had much to do with the political history of most of the countries of Europe during that period.
www.newadvent.org /cathen/02443a.htm   (17092 words)

 “The Rule of the Templars and the Monastic Vows of Poverty, Chastity, and Obedience”   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-15)
The Rule of the Templars is strongly based on the Rule of St. Benedictine, a set of guidelines written by the monk St. Benedictine in the mid-sixth century.
In St. Benedictine’s Rule, the vow of poverty was mentioned only frequently because it was one of the essential obligations of the religious life.
Benedictine points out that monks should wear their habits without complaining and that the habits should be bought cheaply.
www.msu.edu /~gittinsj/templars.htm   (4711 words)

 OSB. About the Rule of Saint Benedict by Abbot Primate Jerome Theisen OSB.
It depends in great measure on the rules and traditions of Christian monasticism that existed from the fourth century to the time of its writing.
It is a Christian rule in the sense that its spiritual doctrine picks up on the values of the Bible (e.g., prayer, fasting, service of neighbor) and arranges for a life in which these values can be lived out in community.
RB is not written for monastic hermits, though Benedict has high regard for them; it is written for ordinary Christians who wish to immerse themselves in a pattern of living in which the life of Christ can be lived out with understanding and zeal.
www.osb.org /gen/rule.html   (1040 words)

Be that as it may, this manuscript of the Rule was presented by Pope Zachary to Monte Cassino in the middle of the eighth century, a short time after the restoration of that monastery.
His Rule thus consists of a carefully considered combination of old and new ideas; rivalry in austerity was eliminated, and there was to be henceforth a sinking of the individual in the community.
Of the seventy-three chapters comprising the Rule, nine treat of the duties of the abbot, thirteen regulate the worship of God, twenty-nine are concerned with discipline and the penal code, ten refer to the internal administration of the monastery, and the remaining twelve consist of miscellaneous regulations.
www.newadvent.org /cathen/02436a.htm   (5071 words)

 Order of Nazorean Essenes
Monastic Rules are seen as echoes of ancient Essene Nazorean Rules and are carefully studied.
Benedictines: The Order of Saint Benedict was founded on the Rule of St Benedict which itself was an adaptation of an older and longer rule called Rule of the Master.
Religious of the Order of Cîteaux, a Benedictine reform, established at Cîteaux in 1098 by St. Robert, Abbot of Molesme in the Diocese of Langres, for the purpose of restoring as far as possible the literal observance of the Rule of St. Benedict.
essenes.net /bnei7.htm   (2030 words)

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Moreover his Rule formally repeats the traditional teaching that the eremitical way of life is the path of the perfect.
We must not be deceived by what Benedictines have actually done--cultivation of the soil of Europe, preservation of the monuments of the past, preaching the Gospel to pagans, creation of masterpieces, scholarly works or historical studies, etc. By vocation the monk is not a farmer, nor a savant, nor an apostle.
The Benedictine community is a family because the abbot is a father and the monks are brothers.
www.ewtn.com /library/SPIRIT/BENESPIR.TXT   (8706 words)

 Benedictine Rule Ora et Labora Nursia Monte Cassino become oblate Vicovaro Subiaco
The beauty and simplicity of the Benedictine Rule is the foundation for the spiritual life of the community.
In this “little Rule written for beginners,” we find a lovely pattern to be “doers of the Word;” a time-tested way of life which cultured a barbaric continent by the sheer example of its followers.
Benedictine Rule The creation and maintenance of this website is made possible through the generosity of the friends of the Oblates.
www.oblatesofmary.com /rule_st_benedict.html   (375 words)

 Monastics in the World
He wrote one rule that can be lived by men and women inside and outside the monastery as monks, nuns, and lay people.
The spirit of the Rule is one of moderation, tolerance, respect, discipline and the liberty of love, it is not a theological treatise - he recommends Cassian and earlier monastic teachers for that.
The Rule of St Benedict itself is a highly flexible document that demands to be interpreted and has received very diverse interpretations throughout its history.
www.wccm.org /images/MonasticsWorld3.htm   (2235 words)

 Medieval Sourcebook: The Rule of St. Benedict, c.530
The Rule of St. Benedict, composed in Italy about 530 but based on earlier compilations came to define the cenobitic type monastic life that came to be accepted throughout the West.
Then the second kind is that of the anchorites; that is, the hermits-those who, not by the new fervour of a conversion but by the long probation of life in a monastery, have learned to fight against the devil, having already been taught by the solace of many.
But a third very bad kind of monks are the sarabaites, approved by no rule, experience being their teacher, as with the gold which is tried in the furnace.
www.fordham.edu /halsall/source/rul-benedict.html   (3282 words)

 Comparison of Rules
The Rule given to the Templars had as a model the Rule of St. Benedict, influenced greatly by the reformed Cistercian version, and from this base developed their own distinct code of military, spiritual, and everyday life.
Leadership in both the Rule of St. Benedict (hereafter RB) and the Rule of the Templars (hereafter RT) is exercised by the Abbot and the Master respectively.
He is urged by the [Benedictine] Rule to take the advice of the brethren before taking policy decisions.(29) Chapter 3 of RB illustrates the value of consulting the entire community on an important matter.
www.the-orb.net /encyclop/religion/monastic/comprule.html   (4057 words)

 The Benedictine Rule
The Benedictine Rule was written by St. Benedict of Nursia in the early 6th century.
In the early middle ages, almost all of the monks were Benedictine monks, but towards the later middle ages, the Benedictine monks got lazy and many monks broke away and started different communities.
The Benedictine Rule also prescribed specific times that you were allowed to relieve yourself.
www.etsd.org /ems/odyssey02/the_benedictine_rule.htm   (346 words)

 What St. Benedict Can Teach You About Business Success
The Rule of St. Benedict is a classic of Christian spirituality, and the fact that it's still followed by monks and nuns 1,500 years after its composition shows its abiding relevance.
The Benedictine community may hold wealth and property in common, and this property is to be treated with care, restraint, and reverence.
According to the rule, Benedictines promise to pursue a life of stability, obedience, and conversion.
www.crisismagazine.com /march2002/feature5.htm   (2833 words)

 Alban CONGREGATIONS Magazine: Article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-15)
I introduced the Benedictine theology of work, prayer, humility, conversion of life, stability, and obedience to the group, as well as the practice of lectio divina.
For her, she said, the Benedictine practices had the components of real life—“the flow of the day and most especially the work and the fellowship parts.” Anne learned that God could be present to her in her daily life as well as in corporate worship.
Simply put, Benedictine spirituality, because it is grounded in worship and reflects the flow of daily life, can become the theological framework and connecting force for all the otherwise disjointed activities of congregational life.
www.alban.org /ShowArticle.asp?ID=214   (2009 words)

 Umberto Eco's Name of the Rose, First Day: Terce
The Benedictine monastic order: A general understanding of the Order of St. Benedict, and of other monastic orders, is important for our understanding of the novel.
27): The prime source is the Benedictine Rule, Chapter 6, "Of Silence," and Chapter 38, "Of the Weekly Reader." William of Baskerville, as a Franciscan friar, is not subject to the rule of silence that governs a Benedictine monk.
In medieval Benedictine monasteries (at least, in the wealthier ones), the slaughter of pigs was undertaken by servants, not by the monks themselves.
www.csuohio.edu /english/earl/nr27.html   (3080 words)

 Patience Hardebeck: Benedictine Health Care: Making the Preferential Option
Benedictine vision looks past the pictures of division, toward a vision of wholeness in which the human family mirrors the Trinitarian family, interacting in continual healing and love.
Therefore, when Benedictines see that a work neglects some members of the family who are poor, while providing handsomely for those who are rich, they must step back and re-evaluate their participation in the work.
The Benedictine sense of family can support these coalitions in their efforts to promote justice, and can scold those groups that are holding the goods that are needed by the inarticulate, needy, and desperate Lazarus groups at the gate.
www.spiritualitytoday.org /spir2day/884014hardebeck.html   (4837 words)

 Benedictine Life Passing Through the Narrow Gate
In the Benedictine contemplative tradition, this means that the monk submits to a Rule and lives as a member of a family or community under the authority of a Father Abbot.
The "Rule" which governs a monastery of the kind that will be established in our diocese is a testimony left by St Benedict to his monastic sons.
Benedictine life is a family life and as in any family, it is important to welcome guests.
www.unavoce.org /benedict.htm   (1865 words)

 Interesting Thing of the Day: Benedictine Oblates
While I’d like to think that I became a Benedictine oblate before reading Norris (somehow I think it is morally superior to choose a path before it becomes popular), the truth is that her ruminations on the relevancy of Benedictine spirituality for contemporary life were formative in my own choice.
The Rule of the Master saw monastic communities as a group of individuals gathering around the feet of a sage (usually the abbot), to whom was given enormous power.
What’s most interesting to me about contemporary Benedictine life, however, is the number of lay men and women who have found spiritual sustenance in the Benedictine rule and in the spirituality it expresses.
itotd.com /articles/274   (1562 words)

 Monastics in the World
John Main founded a new kind of Benedictine community based on the Rule and on the practice of meditation as taught in the Desert Tradition.
The three basic vows of the Benedictine Rule are principles of life to which the oblate makes a commitment of his or her heart and mind:
As the Rule describes, entering a community is a process and requires discernment.
www.wccm.org /images/MonasticsWorld.htm   (2224 words)

 OSB. Rule of Benedict. Index. Order of Saint Benedict. Text, translations, bibliography.
Rule of Benedict in Latin and Old English, later 10th cent.
The Rule in English arranged by chapter titles.
The Italian translation with a parallel Latin text and the Biblical references used in the Rule is available thanks to Alberto da Cormano.
www.osb.org /rb   (250 words)

 The Rule of St. Benedict
Let their natural weakness be always taken into account and let the strictness of the Rule not be kept with them in respect to food, but let there be a tender regard in their behalf and let them eat before regular hours.
In the election of an Abbot let this always be observed as a rule, that he be placed in the position whom the whole community with one consent, in the fear of God, or even a small part, with sounder judgment, shall elect.
But we desire that this Rule be read quite often in the community, that none of the brethren may excuse himself of ignorance.
www.kansasmonks.org /RuleOfStBenedict.html   (16340 words)

 A BENEDICTINE VISION FOR ST   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-15)
For Benedictines, the Christian life is viewed in terms of a continual search for God; the spiritual life is seen as a process of exploration, not a list of clearly defined spiritual exercises.
Benedictines transcend dioceses, for example, Douai Abbey has the responsibility for six other parishes apart from St.Anne’s in four different English dioceses; Ampleforth Abbey has 23 parishes and mass centres in five different English dioceses; this allows Benedictines to put parishioners in touch with national and international trends.
It was in 1893 that Pope Leo XIII called upon the Benedictines to be engaged in dialogue with the Christian churches of the East, and in 1964 that Pope Paul VI challenged Benedictines to be at the forefront in the ecumenical movement in Europe.
members.aol.com /paxorm/church/pages/benedict.html   (2544 words)

 Benedictine --  Encyclopædia Britannica
The Benedictines, strictly speaking, do not constitute a single religious order because each monastery is autonomous.
In 1964, in view of the work of monks following the Benedictine Rule in the evangelization and civilization of so many European countries in the Middle Ages, Pope Paul VI proclaimed him the patron...
Religious orders such as the Benedictines arrived in the 11th century, the Cistercians in the 12th, and the Dominicans and the first nuns in the 13th.
www.britannica.com /eb/article-9078576?tocId=9078576   (742 words)

 Abbey of St. Walburga Oblate Program
Benedictine Oblates are Lay Christians, affiliated with a particular monastery for the purpose of living out Gospel values according to the ancient Rule of St. Benedict.
They aim to form their lives according to Benedictine values, and thus by prayer, work, and word give witness to the relevance of monastic spirituality in our own time.
At the Final Oblation, the Oblate will promise to live according to the Rule of St. Benedict, as far as one's circumstances permit, will give service to God and to their neighbors in affiliation with and under the guidance of the Abbey of St. Walburga.
www.walburga.org /oblates.html   (1168 words)

 Benway   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-15)
Like the study of the Rule, Lectio Divina is a moment of listening to God through a few words and reflecting on their meaning for everyday life.
Often, the Rule is read while a group is eating together or it may be the focus of a meditation.
Benedict warns that "idleness is the enemy of the soul" and emphasizes the importance of being engaged in an intentional chosen activity.
www.benedictfriend.org /BenWay.html   (1087 words)

 Plagarism is wrong.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-15)
Their focus on materialism conflicted with the ideals of the Benedictine Rule, but they had only recently converted to Christianity.
Another adaption to the Rule that I deemed appropriate was the addition of clothing to the monks' wardrobes.
It was possible to adapt the Benedictine rule to different cultures, geographies and climates, and people in general.
www2.uic.edu /~kpurin1/monk.htm   (796 words)

 Monastic Magdalenes
The Benedictine Rule means they share everything in common, caring for each other, praying and living modestly together.
The Benedictine Rule is a simple system for Christian community living.
Stevens says that in the Magdalene Project, the Benedictine system of community living establishes spiritual discipline and a structure for building a new life.
www.acfnewsource.org /religion/magdalenes.html   (391 words)

 Academic Directory on Benedictines   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-15)
The life of St. Robert of Molesme, Benedictine monk and founder of the original Cistercian monastery at Citeaux, is outlined briefly here in an entry from the public-domain Catholic Encyclopedia.
Successive sections of the bibliography are organized by specific rule numbers, themes, and terms in the original Latin.
Reproduced here, on the official Benedictine website, is the Charter of Charity, a text defining the parameters of relationships among Cistercian abbeys, and binding them all to the bond of charity and the rule of St. Benedict.
www.alllearn.org /er/tree.jsp?c=42250   (525 words)

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