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The Rule of St Benedict

St Benedict lived 480 to 547 in Italy. Finding university life too worldly, he

retreated to a hermit’s life, but eventually gave this up when would-be

disciples sought him out. As his following grew, he crafted rules and customs

to guide his disciples and keep proper order among them. By the time of his

death at age 67, St Benedict was certainly a seasoned guide in the Christian

life—with twelve monasteries to his credit—and his Rule was well-tried in

actual use. This Rule is among texts used in university courses on utopian

societies. It is much quoted by Christians active in the cause of ecology, as

well as peace-and-justice issues. Every Benedictine monastery today will

have its own modern-day set of customs in written form. Still, St Benedict’s

Rule for Monks guides people today as Christians and as Benedictine

religious and oblates. Learn more here.

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St Benedict lived 480 to 547 in Italy. Finding university life too worldly, he

retreated to a hermit’s life, but eventually gave this up when would-be

disciples sought him out. As his following grew, he crafted rules and customs

to guide his disciples and keep proper order among them. By the time of his

death at age 67, St Benedict was certainly a seasoned guide in the Christian

life—with twelve monasteries to his credit—and his Rule was well-tried in

actual use. This Rule is among texts used in university courses on utopian

societies. It is much quoted by Christians active in the cause of ecology, as

well as peace-and-justice issues. Every Benedictine monastery today will

have its own modern-day set of customs in written form. Still, St Benedict’s

Rule for Monks

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