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A Vote for Thoughtful Leaders

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

October 07, 2015

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Here in the United States we’re gearing up for the Presidential election season, which really never seemed to stop in the first place. Already news reports are weighing the candidates' poll numbers and debate performances. “He’s vulnerable here,” “She’s had a strong debate,” “He can’t shake this negative perception.” These are the . . .

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Who is First?

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

Setember 30, 2015

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I remember a winter day in the fifth grade. We were playing kickball in the warmth of the school gym. If you kicked the ball above a certain line on the back wall it was counted a home run. When I was up to kick I booted it hard over the class and into the home run zone. As I ran around the bases I held my hand above my head with my . . .

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The Admission of Priests

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

Setember 10, 2015

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I referenced this a few weeks ago: Will Ferrell, playing Ron Burgandy in Anchorman proclaims, “I don’t know how to put this, but I am kind of big deal.” You know the attitude: I’m impressive and you should notice my impressiveness. We’ve all seen it and exhibited it. Benedict leaves no space, though, for this attitude. He has room for . . .

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Needed: Snotty-Nosed Kids

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

Setember 02, 2015

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Last summer I asked a Trappist monk about their keeping of the Benedictine Rule. “We think of ourselves as reformed Benedictines,” he told me, with a more strict keeping of the Rule. The only exception, he noted, was the presence of kids in the monastery. Benedict uses chapter 59 for instructions on the handling of youth who are offered . . .

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Renovations

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

August 27, 2015

Silvrback blog imageThis week builders are remodeling my church’s kitchen. The 60’s era decor is going out, and a new, bigger kitchen is being built. The first thing the builders did was gut the place. They ripped out old cabinets. They pulled out the old sink. The gross dirty carpet was pulled up, and they removed the 1960’s ceiling. They knocked down a wall. . . .

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No Easy Entry

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

August 17, 2015

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“Do not grant newcomers to the monastic life an easy entry.” Benedict says if one wants to join the monastery, he doesn’t get his membership card on the first day. Benedict even recommends, in chapter 58, leaving the prospective monk knocking at the door for four or five days. Benedict tells his monks to receive guests like they’re . . .

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Kind of a Big Deal

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

August 10, 2015

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This is a high school speech class move to begin saying, “Websters defines ___ as . . .,” but I’ll give it a go here saying, “Merriam-Webster defines humility as ‘the quality or state of not thinking you are better than other people.’” Humility isn’t lack of skills or ability or self-confidence; it’s the ability to do what you do and be . . .

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