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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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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 . . .

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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 . . .

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