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The Evil Practice of Private Ownership

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 26, 2015

Silvrback blog imageIn my childhood years, I remember a basic organizing principle for peace between siblings was the concept of private ownership. Certain things were yours; certain things were your siblings. I wasn’t to handle my sisters’ things, and they weren’t to handle mine. If we played by those rules there was a little more harmony in the house. Society, . . .

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The Qualifications of the Cellarer, or What We Do with What We Have.

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 23, 2015

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No one, at first glance, thinks, “Oh good, this part is going to be a real page-turner.” Chapter 31 is a detailed qualifications description for the Monastery Cellarer, which sounds like reading doubling as a sleeping pill. For Benedict, though, there is nothing dull about the Cellarer’s duties. The Cellarer is one who manages the goods . . .

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Excommunication

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 16, 2015

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Here’s a big scary word for you: excommunication. I never think, “I really need to work on the excommunication policies for my church,” because we don’t really have those types of rules. Chapters 23-29 of the Rule of St. Benedict deal with just that, how to handle those in the community who have committed serious faults and when they . . .

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How They Are to Sleep

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 10, 2015

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In ancient times, when I was a college student, some in my church had hopes of creating a young adult/college student ministry. People occasionally asked me about it, but I didn’t make any commitments. My response was, “I’m around college students all the time. I come to church so I can be around other groups, too.” It’s natural for . . .

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Appointing Deans in the Monastery

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 30, 2015

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Churches often don’t make thoughtful choices about leadership. Usually churches use the “find a warm body” approach to leadership selection. A job needs filling and the church has anxiety about filling it, and whoever can be stuck there is the person chosen for the job. At the other extreme, someone has been in a job a very long time, . . .

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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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