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Less is More

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 26, 2015

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I know the road between Northwest Indiana (where I live), and Missouri (where my family lives) pretty well. I’ve passed through Effingham, Illinois, where I-70 meets I-57, several dozen times. If you’ve gone through there you know besides several places to eat, fuel up, or stay the night, there is also a really big cross there. If you’ve . . .

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How to Behave in the Presence of God and the Angels

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 23, 2015

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At one monastic stop last summer, a guest forgot to silence her cellphone. Probably everyone who carries a phone knows the feeling of the phone ringing in an inappropriate moment. I can’t imagine a worse place, though, than the middle of a monastery church. The phone sounded out through the silence of dozens of monks and guests in quiet . . .

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When to Say "Alleluia"

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, 2015

Silvrback blog imageI don’t know a thing about being married. Other than observing a bunch of marriages as an outsider, I have no insider experience on being married. Others tell me, though--and it makes sense--that there are certain practices that make for a stronger marriage. There are many of them, and I’m guessing different practices work for different . . .

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Forgiveness, Twice a Day

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, 2015

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Years ago I was in a group trying to bring healing in a denominational skirmish. We talked about mutual confession, for everyone to lay down the need to be right and to confess that all played a part in the problem. One man, representing his group, said, “I don’t know what we need to confess. We haven’t done anything wrong.” For him all . . .

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Seinfeld and the Psalms

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 07, 2015

Silvrback blog imageHere’s a feel-old realization for you: Seinfeld, which started in 1989, is 25 years old. In the 90’s I watched it every Thursday night I was home, and since then I watch the reruns which live on in syndication. I often say, “That reminds me of the Seinfeld episode . . .” If you watched it you know what I’m talking about: the George Costanza . . .

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The Divine Office at Night

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 06, 2015

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Monks’ days start with prayer. It’s an early start, too. Some begin at 3:30 AM, others as late as 5:30. Benedict suggests, in Chapter 8 of his rule, that they arise in the eighth hour of night for the first gathering of prayer, usually called Vigils. Sometime in the early or not-so-early hours they gather for prayer. I’ve written about . . .

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Quietly Embrace Suffering

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 30, 2014

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This one is tricky. Suffering is almost never viewed as positive. No one, with a healthy mind, thinks, “I really need a little more suffering in my life.” Benedict, though, in his steps of humility, advises monks to be obedient, even in rough circumstances, and when facing these circumstances have a heart that “quietly embraces . . .

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