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When to Work

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 12, 2015

Silvrback blog imageMonks work. Some imagine monks living an idle of life of quiet and prayer, but that’s not a complete picture. Part of a monk’s life is devoted to labor. Different monasteries have different ways of supporting themselves. If you can get some fudge made at Gethsemani Abbey, you should do so because it’s delicious, and making the fudge and other . . .

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If You Screwed Up, You Should Probably Just Say So

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 07, 2015

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I wrote last fall about the monks’ practice of kneeling out. If a monk has made a mistake in their common prayer gathering, he or she will, at the end, go and kneel in the middle of the church until everyone has left. It’s a way of acknowledging the mistake and moving past it. Chapters 45 and 46 of the Rule of St. Benedict address this, when . . .

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Benedict Wants You to Show Up on Time

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

April 30, 2015

Silvrback blog imageMaking and keeping promises draws a community together. Any time a group exists--whether it is a church, family, nation, business, club--promises are made and kept. When I’m officiating at a wedding I notice this, that these two people are making commitments to each other and their togetherness will continue in the keeping of those . . .

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Silence After Compline

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

April 27, 2015

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I guess, before artificial lighting and electricity, that night had an intensity we dulled with all our things. I’m not suggesting we jettison our modern conveniences, but before televisions and radios and computers and electric lighting, I imagine the night hours were different. We hold back the night with 24 cable programming and snacks . . .

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At What Hours the Meals Should be Taken

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

April 22, 2015

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One monastery I visited last summer had a dog, and when the bell was rung the dog would bark. Ring-ring-ring would go the bell, and the dog howled and barked along. What the bell and the dog were saying is "Stop what you are doing and come to prayer." That bell is a regular reminder, marking the hours and times and drawing the . . .

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The Proper Amount of Drink

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

April 16, 2015

I was in an interview for a ministry position, years ago, and the man leading the interview leaned-in to ask an important question. His voice became softer, and I could tell it was a sensitive topic. I was ready for the worst, and he said with hesitation, barely looking-up, “Do you . . . drink alcohol?” I wasn’t sure what my answer would do . . .

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The Proper Amount of Food

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

April 07, 2015

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(Sorry for the break from posting over the last couple weeks. Holy Week, as it does for most pastors, took over my life.)

Chapter 39 of the Rule of St. Benedict is a hard one for me. It addresses “the proper amount of food.” I usually behave myself here in my middle years, but my college buddies could tell you stories of the damage I could . . .

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