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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

March 23, 2015

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If you ever eat with monks you’ll find they have a curious practice in that they listen to a reader during many of their meals. This comes from Benedict’s instructions; he says in Chapter 38: “Reading will always accompany the meals of the brothers.” While everyone is eating, one monk reads from a book. Many times the book is faith-based, . . .

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Care of the Sick Must Rank Above All Else

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

March 16, 2015

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The care of the sick is holy work. Whether you’re a physical therapist or a doctor or a parent sitting beside the bed of a kid with the flu, when you care for those who are ill you’re doing something holy. Benedict understood this and tells us in Chapter 36 of his rule, “Care of the sick must rank above and before all else.” The reason for . . .

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Kitchen Duty and Serving One Another in Love

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

March 09, 2015

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I like to cook, and years ago I hosted some friends for a dinner. I was serving my friends at the table, and one of the women made a comment to the other women. “Notice this,” she said to the other women, “A man is serving us.” It wasn’t a big deal to me, but for them it was, that they were the ones seated at the table while it was a man who . . .

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Benedict=Unfair

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

March 02, 2015

Silvrback blog imageBenedict’s Rule isn’t fair. If you want everything divided equally among everyone you won’t be happy with how Benedict does things. In Chapter 34 he addresses the distribution of goods, and he recognizes it won’t happen equally, but it will be done based on need. “Whoever needs less should thank God and not be distressed, but whoever needs . . .

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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 of . . .

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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 need to . . .

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