March 14, July 14, November 13. And let him know that he who undertaketh the government of souls must prepare himself to give an account for them; and whatever the number of brethren he hath under his charge, let him be sure that on judgment day he will, without doubt, have to give an account to the Lord for all these souls, in addition to that of his own. May the Lord our God give us the wisdom of His Holy Spirit to guide us in our lives. of St. Benedict's Abbey, Atchison, Kansas CHAPTER VI : Of Silence Let us do what the Prophet saith: "I said, I will take heed of my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I have set a guard to my mouth, I was dumb, and was humbled, and kept silence even from good things" (Ps 38[39]:2-3). Let not a free-born be preferred to a freedman, unless there be some other reasonable cause. Chapter 53, verse 1 might be the most famous and influential part of The Rule of St. Benedict, which shall inspire us all. And that he may not perhaps complain of the want of earthly means, let him remember what is written: "Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His justice, and all these things shall be added unto you" (Mt 6:33). is the first line-by-line exegesis of the entire Rule of Benedict written originally in English. The 1949 Edition Translated by Rev. March 15, July 15, November 14. Chapter 5.1: Obedience. St. Benedict's rules of obedience, humility, and contemplation are not only prerequisites for formal religious societies, they also provide an invaluable model for anyone desiring to live more simply. We are not just tepid Christians, we must be Christians who are putting all of our personal energies into this new life in Jesus Christ. Benedict's Rule: A Translation and Commentary by Terrence G. Kardong, O.S.B. And again: "There is no want to them that fear Him" (Ps 33[34]:10). If, however, matters of less importance, having to do with the welfare of the monastery, are to be treated of, let him use the counsel of the Seniors only, as it is written: "Do all things with counsel, and thou shalt not repent when thou hast done" (Sir 32:24). And thus, whilst he is in constant fear of the Shepherd's future examination about the sheep entrusted to him, and is watchful of his account for others, he is made solicitous also on his own account; and whilst by his admonitions he had administered correction to others, he is freed from his own failings. To hold one's self aloof from worldly ways. To hold as certain that God sees us everywhere. Rule of St Benedict, chapter 35, vv 1–11 (The Kitchen Severs for the Week Part 1), as read in monasteries on 13 March, 13 July and 12 November In the monastery, the Rule of St Benedict is read aloud three times in the course of the year. May that Holy Spirit strengthen us in the path of a virtuous monastic life. The 1949 Edition Translated by Rev. For in his teaching the Abbot should always observe that principle of the Apostle in which he saith: "Reprove, entreat, rebuke" (2 Tm 4:2), that is, mingling gentleness with severity, as the occasion may call for, let him show the severity of the master and the loving affection of a father. Let no one in the monastery follow the bent of his own heart, and let no one dare to dispute insolently with his Abbot, either inside or outside the monastery. Boniface Verheyen, OSB of St. Benedict's Abbey, Atchison, Kansas . To love one's enemies (cf Mt 5:44; Lk 6:27). And: "Thou who sawest the mote in thy brother's eye, hast not seen the beam in thine own" (Mt 7:3). Holy Rule Of Saint Benedict CHAPTER LVIII Of the Manner of Admitting Brethren. is the first line-by-line exegesis of the entire Rule of Benedict written originally in English. At least one of the sources cited attributes the passage to a mythical Chapter 74; the Rule of St Benedict contains only 73 chapters. But as to any evil in himself, let him be convinced that it is his own and charge it to himself. Prologue Verse 1-7; Prologue Verse 8-14; Prologue Verse 14-21; Prologue Verse 22-34; Prologue Verse 35-44; Prologue Verse 45-50; Chapter 1: The Kinds of Monks; Chapter 2: Qualities of the Abbot; Chapter 3: Summoning the Brothers for Counsel; Chapter 4: The Tools for Good Works; Chapter 5: Obedience But if from a just reason the Abbot deemeth it proper to make such a distinction, he may do so in regard to the rank of anyone whomsoever; otherwise let everyone keep his own place; for whether bond or free, we are all one in Christ (cf Gal 3:28; Eph 6:8), and we all bear an equal burden of servitude under one Lord, "for there is no respect of persons with God" (Rom 2:11). Let him not love one more than another, unless it be one whom he findeth more exemplary in good works and obedience. Not to be given to wine (cf Ti 1:7; 1 Tm 3:3). 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Lowther Clarke. This Benedictine hospitality is a feature which has in all ages been characteristic of the order. The final chapter provides a fitting, modest conclusion: "All perfection is not herein attained." Prologue Verse 1-7; Prologue Verse 8-14; Prologue Verse 14-21; Prologue Verse 22-34; Prologue Verse 35-44; Prologue Verse 45-50; Chapter 1: The Kinds of Monks; Chapter 2: Qualities of the Abbot; Chapter 3: Summoning the Brothers for Counsel; Chapter 4: The Tools for Good Works; Chapter 5: Obedience And again: "Strike thy son with the rod, and thou shalt deliver his soul from death" (Prov 23:14). To bear persecution for justice sake (cf Mt 5:10). Such as these truly live up to the maxim of the Lord in which He saith: "I came not to do My own will, but the will of Him that sent Me" (Jn 6:38). How foolish for monks not to live as monks or for Benedictines not to follow the wise spiritual direction of Saint Benedict! The Abbot ought always to remember what he is and what he is called, and to know that to whom much hath been entrusted, from him much will be required; and let him understand what a difficult and arduous task he assumeth in governing souls and accommodating himself to a variety of characters. Chapter 35.2: Kitchen Servers of the Week. Chapter 1: On the Kinds of Monks. Let him so adjust and adapt himself to everyone -- to one gentleness of speech, to another by reproofs, and to still another by entreaties, to each one according to his bent and understanding -- that he not only suffer no loss in his flock, but may rejoice in the increase of a worthy fold. CHAPTER I : Of the Kinds or the Life of Monks It is well known that there are four kinds of monks. ~ Monastic Rule ~ The Holy Rule of St. Benedict. 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