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The End

Reflections on the Rule of St. Benedict

Jason Jones

"In drawing up its regulations, we hope to set down nothing harsh, nothing burdensome." - Rule of St. Benedict

February 04, 2016

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It took 58 posts and 15 months, but I finished my project of blogging through the Rule of St. Benedict. Here at the finish line I’m thinking not just about each chapter but about the whole thing. This all started with planning for my sabbatical which happened during the summer of 2014. As I was choosing a focus for my sabbatical time, I . . .

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Book Review: From the Lives We Knew

Jason Jones

"In drawing up its regulations, we hope to set down nothing harsh, nothing burdensome." - Rule of St. Benedict

January 27, 2016

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Full Disclosure: Phil Miller was a mentor of mine. He even preached at my ordination service back in 1998. I look on anything he’s written with a level of respect I might not give other books, but here’s my best attempt to give Phil’s book a review.

I often say, “There’s a story there somewhere.” I see a quirky character walking down the . . .

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Only the Beginning

Reflections on the Rule of St. Benedict

Jason Jones

"In drawing up its regulations, we hope to set down nothing harsh, nothing burdensome." - Rule of St. Benedict

January 21, 2016

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In the Sayings of the Desert Fathers (ancient monastic Christians before the time of St. Benedict), Abba Lot goes to Abba Joseph, telling him he prays, reads scripture, and keeps his heart pure. “What else can I do?” he asks Abba Joseph. Abba Joseph stood up and held his hands up in the air, and his fingers became like 10 lamps of fire, and . . .

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Prefer Nothing to Christ

Reflections on the Rule of St. Benedict

Jason Jones

"In drawing up its regulations, we hope to set down nothing harsh, nothing burdensome." - Rule of St. Benedict

January 13, 2016

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The story of the Rabbi’s Gift has been told and retold, making it a modern folktale. Here’s the basics of the story: a monastery is in decline. Only a few monks are left, carrying on their traditions without much vitality. A rabbi has a cabin at the edge of the monastery’s woods where he would occasionally go for prayer. One time the rabbi . . .

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Without Delay

Reflections on the Rule of St. Benedict

Jason Jones

"In drawing up its regulations, we hope to set down nothing harsh, nothing burdensome." - Rule of St. Benedict

January 04, 2016

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One monk told me being in a monastery is like being married to dozens of crazy uncles. You have a bunch of people living this common life together, and sometimes they disagree or don’t get along or misunderstand one another. Making it work requires them saying, “I’m sorry.” Obedience, too, must be practiced if their community is to stay . . .

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The Presumption of Striking Another

Reflections on the Rule of St. Benedict

Jason Jones

"In drawing up its regulations, we hope to set down nothing harsh, nothing burdensome." - Rule of St. Benedict

December 21, 2015

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I’m juggling two things in my mind right now: Christmas and the United States Presidential Campaign. On one hand I hear lots of talk about projecting strength and power in presidential debates, on the other hand I’m contemplating Christ’s incarnation as a helpless baby. Most of the debates between candidates for President are judged . . .

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The Presumption of Defending Another

Reflections on the Rule of St. Benedict

Jason Jones

"In drawing up its regulations, we hope to set down nothing harsh, nothing burdensome." - Rule of St. Benedict

December 12, 2015

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I knew a person who was often in the middle of controversies. There was a disagreement or misunderstanding, and she would find a way to insert herself into the problem. Whatever problem it was became more of a problem after she became involved. As one person said, “She really stirs the pot.” When she was confronted over her involvement in . . .

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