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The Rule of Saint Benedict

Initiation into the Monastic Tradition, 4

Thomas MertonEdited by Patrick F. O'Connell

In his novitiate conferences on the Rule of Saint Benedict, Thomas Merton introduces young men embarking on monastic life to the guiding document of that life. He emphasizes the importance of considering the Rule from a perspective that is neither narrowly legalistic nor overly intellectualized, but marked rather by commitment to the goal of Benedictine monasticism, which is not just to obey the Rule but to love and serve God. The Benedictine life, according to Merton, is "simply living the Gospel without fanfare. . . . The mainspring of everything in St. Benedict is the love of Christ—in Himself, in the poor, in the monastic community, in the individual brethren. . . . This is the key to the monastic life and spirit." Merton gives particular attention to the prologue, in which he finds "the theological foundation of the whole spiritual doctrine of St. Benedict"; key chapters on the abbot and the monastic community, including consideration of monastic work, spiritual reading, and poverty; and especially chapter 7, on the degrees of humility, which he considers the heart of the entire Rule. In these conferences, Merton presents a spiritual commentary on the Rule that provides insight both on his role as a director of prospective young monks and on the foundation of his own commitment to monastic and contemplative life. Patrick F. O'Connell is associate professor in the departments of English and theology at Gannon University, Erie, Pennsylvania. A founding member of and former president of the International Thomas Merton Society, he edits The Merton Seasonal and is coauthor (with William H. Shannon and Christine M. Bochen) of The Thomas Merton Encyclopedia. He has edited three previous volumes of Thomas Merton’s monastic conferences for the Monastic Wisdom series: Cassian and the Fathers; Pre-Benedictine Monasticism; and An Introduction to Christian Mysticism.

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The Rule Of Saint Benedict

A Doctrinal and Spiritual Commentary

Adalbert de Vogüé OSB

After living the Rule and studying it for many years, the author introduces it to those who are encountering it for the first time. The relationship of Benedict's Rule to other early monastic legistation is treated thoroughly but the book is designed for those who are seeking a guide for christian living in this `little rule for beginners'.

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Smaragdus Of Saint Mihiel: Commentary On The Rule Of Saint Benedict

Smaragdus of Saint Mihiel: Commentary on the Rule of Saint Benedict

Translated by David Barry OSB

A ninth-century monk of Saint Mihiel near Verdun, Smaragdus composed his Commentary after the 816 Council of Aachen imposed the Rule of Saint Benedict on all monasteries in the vast Carolingian Empire. His deep devotion to Christ and great reverence for Saint Benedict led him to encourage monastics to update the observance of the Rule to meet the needs of a society, period of history, and monks very different from those Benedict had known. He reminds readers today as well as then that monastic life is organized for the goal of attaining union with God by following Christ. David Barry OSB made solemn profession at the Abbey of the Holy Trinity, New Norcia, Western Australia in 1960. He has studied at Sant'Anselmo, Rome, and Saint Benet's Hall, Oxford, as well as at Murdoch University. In addition to doing parish work, teaching, working in monastic formation, and giving spiritual direction and retreats in Australia, he has also taught in China and done archival research in Europe on his monastery’s founders.

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The Rule Of Saint Augustine

With Introduction & Commentary

Translated by Raymond Canning OSA; Introduction and commentary by Tarsicius J. Van Bavel OSA

Written at the end of the fourth century, Augustine's rule for clergy in community spread like fire among stubble in the sweeping movement for reform of clerical life in the eleventh and twelfth centuries. Among those who lived by it were Premonstratensians (Norbertines), Canons Regular of Saint Augustine and Augustinian Hermits—Martin Luther's order—, several military orders, the Ursulines, Visitation Sisters, and the Dominican friars. Shorter and less detailed than the Rule of Benedict, the Rule of Augustine guides communities formed for the active ministry. Both masculine and feminine versions are translated here.

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The Monastic Rule Of Iosif Volotsky

New Revised Edition

Edited and Translated by David M. Goldfrank

The life and Rule of Iosif Volotsky (1439/1440-1515) reveal many of the contradictory forces at work within the medieval muscovite church and russian monasticism: social reform amid noble privilege, monastic austerity bounded by a despotic social structure. 'Non-possessor' reformers might advocate the renunciation of monastic villages and peasants universal manual labor, and hesychastic prayer, but Iosif defended liturgical formalism and the retention of lands and privileges as safeguards of monastic life. First published in 1983, this first English translation oF Iosif's rule has been revised to include in full both versions of Iosif's legislation: the Brief Rule and the Extended Rule. Bibliography and notes have also been expanded to incorporate new scholarship, some of it stemming from the recent remarkable revival of the Russian Orthodox Church.

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The Rule Of The Master

Rule of the Master

Translation by Luke Eberle OSB; Introduction by Adalbert de Vogüé OSB

Three times longer than the Rule of Saint Benedict and in parts identical to it, the Regula Magistri encompasses the entire existence, material and spiritual, of the monastic community and its members. First English translation.

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Pachomian Chronicles And Rules

Volume 2

Translated and annotated by Armand Veilleux OCSO, Foreword by Adalbert de Vogüé OSB

Descriptions of Pachomian monastic communities from a variety of ancient sources, including the Lausiac History and A History of the Monks in Egypt, and full translations of the Rule of Saint Pachomius and the Regulation of his successor, Horsiesios.

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