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The Abbot's Table

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

July 28, 2015

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In less civilized times monasteries were safe places, outposts of learning and faith when much of civilization had decayed. They provided, too, a secure place for travelers to stay. The image we have of monastic life is being separate and isolated, but monasteries were often vibrant places along the road where travelers and visitors from . . .

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A Closet Full of Clothes

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

July 16, 2015

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I looked in my closet and I saw a bunch of blue shirts and pants that were browns and grays and thought, “You pretty much put on the same uniform every day.” I try to change and branch out, but I keep coming back to my same standby of blues with browns and grays. Then I thought, “If you’re going to wear a blue shirt most days, you probably . . .

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No Gifts, Please

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

July 06, 2015

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I remember, when I was in grade school, the first day of school after Christmas break. “I got the Six Million Dollar Man doll!,” I said, or I’d have my new Matchbox car in my pocket, ready to show it off. The first thing said to my friends was a report on what I received at the holiday. I’d listen too to the haul my friends took in for . . .

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Welcoming the Guest

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

June 23, 2015

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On weekdays, when I’m hanging around the church building, the place usually is quiet. The delivery person might bring a package. Someone could drop something off for a fellowship gathering. Maybe a group meeting in the building gathers, but otherwise the place is still. Every now and then, though, I see someone I don’t recognize coming up . . .

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We Need Sacred Spaces

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

June 11, 2015

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The family room of my teenage years used to be a Buddhist temple. A previous owner of the house was a doctor who immigrated from another country, and I’m guessing small town Missouri offered few opportunities for Buddhist devotion, so one of the rooms was set up as a shrine. I never saw it when it was a temple space, but others mentioned . . .

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When You're On a Journey, You Should Go to Church

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

June 04, 2015

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When you’re on a journey, you should go to church. Most church people, pastors included, view a Sunday out of town as a get-out-of-jail-free card, but if you’re in a different town on a Sunday you should go to a church. There’s this tool called the internet (perhaps you’ve heard of it) where you can find information on a church, wherever you . . .

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The Observance of Lent

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

May 26, 2015

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Lent is more than 8 months away, so it’s silly to be writing about it now, but chapter 49 of the Rule of Benedict is on “The Observance of Lent.” Many Protestant traditions jettisoned most of the church year, retaining only Christmas and Easter, and so I often get curious questions about Lent from Christians who don’t observe it. “What is . . .

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