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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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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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