The Rule of Saint Benedict

The Rule of Saint Benedict

Composed nearly fifteen hundred years ago by the father of Western monasticism, The Rule of St. Benedict has for centuries been the guide of religious communities. St. Benedict's rules of obedience, humility, and contemplation are not only prerequisites for formal religious societies, they also provide an invaluable model for anyone desiring to live more simply. While they Composed nearly fifteen hundred years ago by the father of Western monasticism, The Rule of St. Benedict has for centurie...

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Title:The Rule of Saint Benedict
Author:Benedict of Nursia
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Genres:Religion
ISBN:Regula Benedicti
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:112 pages pages

The Rule of Saint Benedict Reviews

  • David
    Mar 26, 2012

    If you read this for entertainment you will be sorely disappointed. If you read this as a guide to life, and you are not a monk, you will be sorely disappointed. If you read this with an eye toward how one might live a more calm and disciplined life, adjusting what was written in to Si...

    I've often thought that the monastic order is the high-point of my religion. No power, no ambition, just simple and just service to God and man. Therefore I thought I'd read the beginning of that order. My sympathies are much more in align with the Franciscans then the Benedictions...

    My planned reading of spiritual classics have been quite slow. But here's one that I can recommend. These Rules have greatly influenced monasteries around the world until this day. They begin with some general reflections on piety that all Christians can benefit from - then he goes...

    I don't think I'm going to be joining a nunnery anytime soon. ...

    I purchased this kindle version of the Rule of St. Benedict after reading about this religious text in The Cloister Walk, and wanting to see for myself what was contained in this book that the Benedictines base their lifestyle on. I find the monastic lifestyle facinating, and can hi...

    Las?ju Benedikta likumus, klausoties agr?no viduslaiku v?stures kursu. Neesmu tic?ga, kristiete v?l maz?k, dr?z?k agnosti?is parastais ( vai skdri?a Tipa, kas tic?ja - netic?ja). Pazem?ba, paklaus?ba, sods, T.sk. miesas sods, pa?nolieg?ana - t?s ir kategorijas, pretr...

    It encourages me to grow in the life of faith. The more we have progress in our active faith, the greater we expand in our hearts. The Rule of Saint Benedict says, "When faith makes that progress, the heart is expanded, and is borne along with the indescribable sweetness of love." Lord...

    I mean, there's not a lot of books this old that people are using for guidance to live their daily lives. Everyone gets kitchen duty. Minus one star for the suggestion that if children are out of line, you should beat them, because they won't understand getting excommunicated. I guess ...

    For most of us to read this work is to enter another world. Not only is this written in the 6th century AD but it is written about a kind of experience, the truly monastic life, that few of us will experience, much less understand. So what is the worth of this work? First of all, th...

    One of my favorite things about the Rule of St. Benedict is how kind it is. I think that the popular perception of medieval monks is still filled with hair shirts and flagellation, or, at best, an authoritarian abbot lording over servile monks. Those things aren't made up and they cert...

    Decidí leer La Santa Regla después de leer Tres Monjes Rebeldes; necesitaba entender mejor en qué consistía esta forma de vivir de los monjes. Definitivamente esta lectura ha llenado mis expectativas, pues permite entender con mucho más detalle la vida monástica. Al leer este...

    How do you review a book like this? I mean, there are many nuggets of wisdom throughout that can be beneficial for any reader. But the whole purpose of writing it was to create a rule for monks. Thus, many of the rules on excommunication and daily order of life for monks are more diffi...

    Read for the Great Conversation second semester of freshman year. ...

    Although I?ve read and listened to The Rule of St. Benedict several times since first being introduced to it twelve or so years ago, a monastic retreat given by Abbot Lawrence Stasyszen O.S.B. from St. Gregory's University at the abbey breathed life into the words of this 1500 year ...

    First reading: 2005 (RB 1982) Second reading: 2016 (Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove's contemporary paraphrase) Almost certainly the most significant work ever written on intentional community living. In a world where Utopian visions and good intentions are plentiful, here we have a rule ...

    Primary sources always make for some of the best research materials for a student of the Middle Ages and this is a fine example. Reading the Rule of St. Benedict has offered incredible insight into how medieval monks (at least those who subscribed to this Rule) would have acted or seen...

    Simple. Pious. Quite enjoyable. An interesting treatise into one of the most influential rules of monastic life. I was drawn in to how holistic and comprehensive a sacrificial (selfless, charitable) life can be. Counter-intuitive to 21st century Western notions of the elevation of the ...

  • booklady
    Apr 05, 2010

    If you read this for entertainment you will be sorely disappointed. If you read this as a guide to life, and you are not a monk, you will be sorely disappointed. If you read this with an eye toward how one might live a more calm and disciplined life, adjusting what was written in to Si...

    I've often thought that the monastic order is the high-point of my religion. No power, no ambition, just simple and just service to God and man. Therefore I thought I'd read the beginning of that order. My sympathies are much more in align with the Franciscans then the Benedictions...

    My planned reading of spiritual classics have been quite slow. But here's one that I can recommend. These Rules have greatly influenced monasteries around the world until this day. They begin with some general reflections on piety that all Christians can benefit from - then he goes...

    I don't think I'm going to be joining a nunnery anytime soon. ...

    I purchased this kindle version of the Rule of St. Benedict after reading about this religious text in The Cloister Walk, and wanting to see for myself what was contained in this book that the Benedictines base their lifestyle on. I find the monastic lifestyle facinating, and can hi...

    Las?ju Benedikta likumus, klausoties agr?no viduslaiku v?stures kursu. Neesmu tic?ga, kristiete v?l maz?k, dr?z?k agnosti?is parastais ( vai skdri?a Tipa, kas tic?ja - netic?ja). Pazem?ba, paklaus?ba, sods, T.sk. miesas sods, pa?nolieg?ana - t?s ir kategorijas, pretr...

    It encourages me to grow in the life of faith. The more we have progress in our active faith, the greater we expand in our hearts. The Rule of Saint Benedict says, "When faith makes that progress, the heart is expanded, and is borne along with the indescribable sweetness of love." Lord...

    I mean, there's not a lot of books this old that people are using for guidance to live their daily lives. Everyone gets kitchen duty. Minus one star for the suggestion that if children are out of line, you should beat them, because they won't understand getting excommunicated. I guess ...

    For most of us to read this work is to enter another world. Not only is this written in the 6th century AD but it is written about a kind of experience, the truly monastic life, that few of us will experience, much less understand. So what is the worth of this work? First of all, th...

    One of my favorite things about the Rule of St. Benedict is how kind it is. I think that the popular perception of medieval monks is still filled with hair shirts and flagellation, or, at best, an authoritarian abbot lording over servile monks. Those things aren't made up and they cert...

    Decidí leer La Santa Regla después de leer Tres Monjes Rebeldes; necesitaba entender mejor en qué consistía esta forma de vivir de los monjes. Definitivamente esta lectura ha llenado mis expectativas, pues permite entender con mucho más detalle la vida monástica. Al leer este...

    How do you review a book like this? I mean, there are many nuggets of wisdom throughout that can be beneficial for any reader. But the whole purpose of writing it was to create a rule for monks. Thus, many of the rules on excommunication and daily order of life for monks are more diffi...

    Read for the Great Conversation second semester of freshman year. ...

    Although I?ve read and listened to The Rule of St. Benedict several times since first being introduced to it twelve or so years ago, a monastic retreat given by Abbot Lawrence Stasyszen O.S.B. from St. Gregory's University at the abbey breathed life into the words of this 1500 year ...

  • David
    Jan 20, 2014

    If you read this for entertainment you will be sorely disappointed. If you read this as a guide to life, and you are not a monk, you will be sorely disappointed. If you read this with an eye toward how one might live a more calm and disciplined life, adjusting what was written in to Si...

    I've often thought that the monastic order is the high-point of my religion. No power, no ambition, just simple and just service to God and man. Therefore I thought I'd read the beginning of that order. My sympathies are much more in align with the Franciscans then the Benedictions...

    My planned reading of spiritual classics have been quite slow. But here's one that I can recommend. These Rules have greatly influenced monasteries around the world until this day. They begin with some general reflections on piety that all Christians can benefit from - then he goes...

    I don't think I'm going to be joining a nunnery anytime soon. ...

    I purchased this kindle version of the Rule of St. Benedict after reading about this religious text in The Cloister Walk, and wanting to see for myself what was contained in this book that the Benedictines base their lifestyle on. I find the monastic lifestyle facinating, and can hi...

    Las?ju Benedikta likumus, klausoties agr?no viduslaiku v?stures kursu. Neesmu tic?ga, kristiete v?l maz?k, dr?z?k agnosti?is parastais ( vai skdri?a Tipa, kas tic?ja - netic?ja). Pazem?ba, paklaus?ba, sods, T.sk. miesas sods, pa?nolieg?ana - t?s ir kategorijas, pretr...

    It encourages me to grow in the life of faith. The more we have progress in our active faith, the greater we expand in our hearts. The Rule of Saint Benedict says, "When faith makes that progress, the heart is expanded, and is borne along with the indescribable sweetness of love." Lord...

    I mean, there's not a lot of books this old that people are using for guidance to live their daily lives. Everyone gets kitchen duty. Minus one star for the suggestion that if children are out of line, you should beat them, because they won't understand getting excommunicated. I guess ...

    For most of us to read this work is to enter another world. Not only is this written in the 6th century AD but it is written about a kind of experience, the truly monastic life, that few of us will experience, much less understand. So what is the worth of this work? First of all, th...

    One of my favorite things about the Rule of St. Benedict is how kind it is. I think that the popular perception of medieval monks is still filled with hair shirts and flagellation, or, at best, an authoritarian abbot lording over servile monks. Those things aren't made up and they cert...

    Decidí leer La Santa Regla después de leer Tres Monjes Rebeldes; necesitaba entender mejor en qué consistía esta forma de vivir de los monjes. Definitivamente esta lectura ha llenado mis expectativas, pues permite entender con mucho más detalle la vida monástica. Al leer este...

    How do you review a book like this? I mean, there are many nuggets of wisdom throughout that can be beneficial for any reader. But the whole purpose of writing it was to create a rule for monks. Thus, many of the rules on excommunication and daily order of life for monks are more diffi...

  • Bryce Wilson
    May 07, 2008

    If you read this for entertainment you will be sorely disappointed. If you read this as a guide to life, and you are not a monk, you will be sorely disappointed. If you read this with an eye toward how one might live a more calm and disciplined life, adjusting what was written in to Si...

    I've often thought that the monastic order is the high-point of my religion. No power, no ambition, just simple and just service to God and man. Therefore I thought I'd read the beginning of that order. My sympathies are much more in align with the Franciscans then the Benedictions...

  • Carsten Thomsen
    Oct 15, 2011

    If you read this for entertainment you will be sorely disappointed. If you read this as a guide to life, and you are not a monk, you will be sorely disappointed. If you read this with an eye toward how one might live a more calm and disciplined life, adjusting what was written in to Si...

    I've often thought that the monastic order is the high-point of my religion. No power, no ambition, just simple and just service to God and man. Therefore I thought I'd read the beginning of that order. My sympathies are much more in align with the Franciscans then the Benedictions...

    My planned reading of spiritual classics have been quite slow. But here's one that I can recommend. These Rules have greatly influenced monasteries around the world until this day. They begin with some general reflections on piety that all Christians can benefit from - then he goes...

  • Sheila
    Jan 20, 2013

    If you read this for entertainment you will be sorely disappointed. If you read this as a guide to life, and you are not a monk, you will be sorely disappointed. If you read this with an eye toward how one might live a more calm and disciplined life, adjusting what was written in to Si...

    I've often thought that the monastic order is the high-point of my religion. No power, no ambition, just simple and just service to God and man. Therefore I thought I'd read the beginning of that order. My sympathies are much more in align with the Franciscans then the Benedictions...

    My planned reading of spiritual classics have been quite slow. But here's one that I can recommend. These Rules have greatly influenced monasteries around the world until this day. They begin with some general reflections on piety that all Christians can benefit from - then he goes...

    I don't think I'm going to be joining a nunnery anytime soon. ...

    I purchased this kindle version of the Rule of St. Benedict after reading about this religious text in The Cloister Walk, and wanting to see for myself what was contained in this book that the Benedictines base their lifestyle on. I find the monastic lifestyle facinating, and can hi...

  • ♥ Ibrahim ♥
    Mar 02, 2015

    If you read this for entertainment you will be sorely disappointed. If you read this as a guide to life, and you are not a monk, you will be sorely disappointed. If you read this with an eye toward how one might live a more calm and disciplined life, adjusting what was written in to Si...

    I've often thought that the monastic order is the high-point of my religion. No power, no ambition, just simple and just service to God and man. Therefore I thought I'd read the beginning of that order. My sympathies are much more in align with the Franciscans then the Benedictions...

    My planned reading of spiritual classics have been quite slow. But here's one that I can recommend. These Rules have greatly influenced monasteries around the world until this day. They begin with some general reflections on piety that all Christians can benefit from - then he goes...

    I don't think I'm going to be joining a nunnery anytime soon. ...

    I purchased this kindle version of the Rule of St. Benedict after reading about this religious text in The Cloister Walk, and wanting to see for myself what was contained in this book that the Benedictines base their lifestyle on. I find the monastic lifestyle facinating, and can hi...

    Las?ju Benedikta likumus, klausoties agr?no viduslaiku v?stures kursu. Neesmu tic?ga, kristiete v?l maz?k, dr?z?k agnosti?is parastais ( vai skdri?a Tipa, kas tic?ja - netic?ja). Pazem?ba, paklaus?ba, sods, T.sk. miesas sods, pa?nolieg?ana - t?s ir kategorijas, pretr...

    It encourages me to grow in the life of faith. The more we have progress in our active faith, the greater we expand in our hearts. The Rule of Saint Benedict says, "When faith makes that progress, the heart is expanded, and is borne along with the indescribable sweetness of love." Lord...

  • Suzanne
    Sep 27, 2014

    If you read this for entertainment you will be sorely disappointed. If you read this as a guide to life, and you are not a monk, you will be sorely disappointed. If you read this with an eye toward how one might live a more calm and disciplined life, adjusting what was written in to Si...

    I've often thought that the monastic order is the high-point of my religion. No power, no ambition, just simple and just service to God and man. Therefore I thought I'd read the beginning of that order. My sympathies are much more in align with the Franciscans then the Benedictions...

    My planned reading of spiritual classics have been quite slow. But here's one that I can recommend. These Rules have greatly influenced monasteries around the world until this day. They begin with some general reflections on piety that all Christians can benefit from - then he goes...

    I don't think I'm going to be joining a nunnery anytime soon. ...

    I purchased this kindle version of the Rule of St. Benedict after reading about this religious text in The Cloister Walk, and wanting to see for myself what was contained in this book that the Benedictines base their lifestyle on. I find the monastic lifestyle facinating, and can hi...

    Las?ju Benedikta likumus, klausoties agr?no viduslaiku v?stures kursu. Neesmu tic?ga, kristiete v?l maz?k, dr?z?k agnosti?is parastais ( vai skdri?a Tipa, kas tic?ja - netic?ja). Pazem?ba, paklaus?ba, sods, T.sk. miesas sods, pa?nolieg?ana - t?s ir kategorijas, pretr...

    It encourages me to grow in the life of faith. The more we have progress in our active faith, the greater we expand in our hearts. The Rule of Saint Benedict says, "When faith makes that progress, the heart is expanded, and is borne along with the indescribable sweetness of love." Lord...

    I mean, there's not a lot of books this old that people are using for guidance to live their daily lives. Everyone gets kitchen duty. Minus one star for the suggestion that if children are out of line, you should beat them, because they won't understand getting excommunicated. I guess ...

    For most of us to read this work is to enter another world. Not only is this written in the 6th century AD but it is written about a kind of experience, the truly monastic life, that few of us will experience, much less understand. So what is the worth of this work? First of all, th...

    One of my favorite things about the Rule of St. Benedict is how kind it is. I think that the popular perception of medieval monks is still filled with hair shirts and flagellation, or, at best, an authoritarian abbot lording over servile monks. Those things aren't made up and they cert...

    Decidí leer La Santa Regla después de leer Tres Monjes Rebeldes; necesitaba entender mejor en qué consistía esta forma de vivir de los monjes. Definitivamente esta lectura ha llenado mis expectativas, pues permite entender con mucho más detalle la vida monástica. Al leer este...

    How do you review a book like this? I mean, there are many nuggets of wisdom throughout that can be beneficial for any reader. But the whole purpose of writing it was to create a rule for monks. Thus, many of the rules on excommunication and daily order of life for monks are more diffi...

    Read for the Great Conversation second semester of freshman year. ...

    Although I?ve read and listened to The Rule of St. Benedict several times since first being introduced to it twelve or so years ago, a monastic retreat given by Abbot Lawrence Stasyszen O.S.B. from St. Gregory's University at the abbey breathed life into the words of this 1500 year ...

    First reading: 2005 (RB 1982) Second reading: 2016 (Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove's contemporary paraphrase) Almost certainly the most significant work ever written on intentional community living. In a world where Utopian visions and good intentions are plentiful, here we have a rule ...

    Primary sources always make for some of the best research materials for a student of the Middle Ages and this is a fine example. Reading the Rule of St. Benedict has offered incredible insight into how medieval monks (at least those who subscribed to this Rule) would have acted or seen...

    Simple. Pious. Quite enjoyable. An interesting treatise into one of the most influential rules of monastic life. I was drawn in to how holistic and comprehensive a sacrificial (selfless, charitable) life can be. Counter-intuitive to 21st century Western notions of the elevation of the ...

    This is a classic, of course, and one that I read regularly every fall just as I'm getting ready for school. I like the Benedictine stress on integrating work, learning and prayer, so I identify with much of what is in here, even if I do work in a secular school. The stress on hospital...

    This is at least the fourth time I have read the Holy Rule, still a phenomenal little guide. I love how much emphasis St. Benedict places on time spent reading, and how reading should be a part of everyone's day. Just read this again today (10 Nov 2012) and I am struck by how moder...

    This slim volume is just what it says, a book of rules. Rules for Benedictine monks of the Middle Ages. Which must make it seem an odd choice of reading for a middle-aged housewife of no religious orientation. But, I enjoyed it for it was. ...

  • Lillie
    Feb 26, 2012

    If you read this for entertainment you will be sorely disappointed. If you read this as a guide to life, and you are not a monk, you will be sorely disappointed. If you read this with an eye toward how one might live a more calm and disciplined life, adjusting what was written in to Si...

    I've often thought that the monastic order is the high-point of my religion. No power, no ambition, just simple and just service to God and man. Therefore I thought I'd read the beginning of that order. My sympathies are much more in align with the Franciscans then the Benedictions...

    My planned reading of spiritual classics have been quite slow. But here's one that I can recommend. These Rules have greatly influenced monasteries around the world until this day. They begin with some general reflections on piety that all Christians can benefit from - then he goes...

    I don't think I'm going to be joining a nunnery anytime soon. ...

    I purchased this kindle version of the Rule of St. Benedict after reading about this religious text in The Cloister Walk, and wanting to see for myself what was contained in this book that the Benedictines base their lifestyle on. I find the monastic lifestyle facinating, and can hi...

    Las?ju Benedikta likumus, klausoties agr?no viduslaiku v?stures kursu. Neesmu tic?ga, kristiete v?l maz?k, dr?z?k agnosti?is parastais ( vai skdri?a Tipa, kas tic?ja - netic?ja). Pazem?ba, paklaus?ba, sods, T.sk. miesas sods, pa?nolieg?ana - t?s ir kategorijas, pretr...

    It encourages me to grow in the life of faith. The more we have progress in our active faith, the greater we expand in our hearts. The Rule of Saint Benedict says, "When faith makes that progress, the heart is expanded, and is borne along with the indescribable sweetness of love." Lord...

    I mean, there's not a lot of books this old that people are using for guidance to live their daily lives. Everyone gets kitchen duty. Minus one star for the suggestion that if children are out of line, you should beat them, because they won't understand getting excommunicated. I guess ...

    For most of us to read this work is to enter another world. Not only is this written in the 6th century AD but it is written about a kind of experience, the truly monastic life, that few of us will experience, much less understand. So what is the worth of this work? First of all, th...

    One of my favorite things about the Rule of St. Benedict is how kind it is. I think that the popular perception of medieval monks is still filled with hair shirts and flagellation, or, at best, an authoritarian abbot lording over servile monks. Those things aren't made up and they cert...

    Decidí leer La Santa Regla después de leer Tres Monjes Rebeldes; necesitaba entender mejor en qué consistía esta forma de vivir de los monjes. Definitivamente esta lectura ha llenado mis expectativas, pues permite entender con mucho más detalle la vida monástica. Al leer este...

    How do you review a book like this? I mean, there are many nuggets of wisdom throughout that can be beneficial for any reader. But the whole purpose of writing it was to create a rule for monks. Thus, many of the rules on excommunication and daily order of life for monks are more diffi...

    Read for the Great Conversation second semester of freshman year. ...

    Although I?ve read and listened to The Rule of St. Benedict several times since first being introduced to it twelve or so years ago, a monastic retreat given by Abbot Lawrence Stasyszen O.S.B. from St. Gregory's University at the abbey breathed life into the words of this 1500 year ...

    First reading: 2005 (RB 1982) Second reading: 2016 (Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove's contemporary paraphrase) Almost certainly the most significant work ever written on intentional community living. In a world where Utopian visions and good intentions are plentiful, here we have a rule ...

    Primary sources always make for some of the best research materials for a student of the Middle Ages and this is a fine example. Reading the Rule of St. Benedict has offered incredible insight into how medieval monks (at least those who subscribed to this Rule) would have acted or seen...

    Simple. Pious. Quite enjoyable. An interesting treatise into one of the most influential rules of monastic life. I was drawn in to how holistic and comprehensive a sacrificial (selfless, charitable) life can be. Counter-intuitive to 21st century Western notions of the elevation of the ...

    This is a classic, of course, and one that I read regularly every fall just as I'm getting ready for school. I like the Benedictine stress on integrating work, learning and prayer, so I identify with much of what is in here, even if I do work in a secular school. The stress on hospital...

    This is at least the fourth time I have read the Holy Rule, still a phenomenal little guide. I love how much emphasis St. Benedict places on time spent reading, and how reading should be a part of everyone's day. Just read this again today (10 Nov 2012) and I am struck by how moder...

    This slim volume is just what it says, a book of rules. Rules for Benedictine monks of the Middle Ages. Which must make it seem an odd choice of reading for a middle-aged housewife of no religious orientation. But, I enjoyed it for it was. ...

    I found interesting so many references to discipline for misbehavior, to the point of banishing the offender from the monastery. I tend to think of monks as being righteous, and most of them were, but this was a reminder that sin exists everywhere. ...

  • Christopher
    Dec 21, 2010

    If you read this for entertainment you will be sorely disappointed. If you read this as a guide to life, and you are not a monk, you will be sorely disappointed. If you read this with an eye toward how one might live a more calm and disciplined life, adjusting what was written in to Si...

    I've often thought that the monastic order is the high-point of my religion. No power, no ambition, just simple and just service to God and man. Therefore I thought I'd read the beginning of that order. My sympathies are much more in align with the Franciscans then the Benedictions...

    My planned reading of spiritual classics have been quite slow. But here's one that I can recommend. These Rules have greatly influenced monasteries around the world until this day. They begin with some general reflections on piety that all Christians can benefit from - then he goes...

    I don't think I'm going to be joining a nunnery anytime soon. ...

    I purchased this kindle version of the Rule of St. Benedict after reading about this religious text in The Cloister Walk, and wanting to see for myself what was contained in this book that the Benedictines base their lifestyle on. I find the monastic lifestyle facinating, and can hi...

    Las?ju Benedikta likumus, klausoties agr?no viduslaiku v?stures kursu. Neesmu tic?ga, kristiete v?l maz?k, dr?z?k agnosti?is parastais ( vai skdri?a Tipa, kas tic?ja - netic?ja). Pazem?ba, paklaus?ba, sods, T.sk. miesas sods, pa?nolieg?ana - t?s ir kategorijas, pretr...

    It encourages me to grow in the life of faith. The more we have progress in our active faith, the greater we expand in our hearts. The Rule of Saint Benedict says, "When faith makes that progress, the heart is expanded, and is borne along with the indescribable sweetness of love." Lord...

    I mean, there's not a lot of books this old that people are using for guidance to live their daily lives. Everyone gets kitchen duty. Minus one star for the suggestion that if children are out of line, you should beat them, because they won't understand getting excommunicated. I guess ...

    For most of us to read this work is to enter another world. Not only is this written in the 6th century AD but it is written about a kind of experience, the truly monastic life, that few of us will experience, much less understand. So what is the worth of this work? First of all, th...

    One of my favorite things about the Rule of St. Benedict is how kind it is. I think that the popular perception of medieval monks is still filled with hair shirts and flagellation, or, at best, an authoritarian abbot lording over servile monks. Those things aren't made up and they cert...

    Decidí leer La Santa Regla después de leer Tres Monjes Rebeldes; necesitaba entender mejor en qué consistía esta forma de vivir de los monjes. Definitivamente esta lectura ha llenado mis expectativas, pues permite entender con mucho más detalle la vida monástica. Al leer este...

    How do you review a book like this? I mean, there are many nuggets of wisdom throughout that can be beneficial for any reader. But the whole purpose of writing it was to create a rule for monks. Thus, many of the rules on excommunication and daily order of life for monks are more diffi...

    Read for the Great Conversation second semester of freshman year. ...

    Although I?ve read and listened to The Rule of St. Benedict several times since first being introduced to it twelve or so years ago, a monastic retreat given by Abbot Lawrence Stasyszen O.S.B. from St. Gregory's University at the abbey breathed life into the words of this 1500 year ...

    First reading: 2005 (RB 1982) Second reading: 2016 (Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove's contemporary paraphrase) Almost certainly the most significant work ever written on intentional community living. In a world where Utopian visions and good intentions are plentiful, here we have a rule ...

    Primary sources always make for some of the best research materials for a student of the Middle Ages and this is a fine example. Reading the Rule of St. Benedict has offered incredible insight into how medieval monks (at least those who subscribed to this Rule) would have acted or seen...

    Simple. Pious. Quite enjoyable. An interesting treatise into one of the most influential rules of monastic life. I was drawn in to how holistic and comprehensive a sacrificial (selfless, charitable) life can be. Counter-intuitive to 21st century Western notions of the elevation of the ...

    This is a classic, of course, and one that I read regularly every fall just as I'm getting ready for school. I like the Benedictine stress on integrating work, learning and prayer, so I identify with much of what is in here, even if I do work in a secular school. The stress on hospital...

    This is at least the fourth time I have read the Holy Rule, still a phenomenal little guide. I love how much emphasis St. Benedict places on time spent reading, and how reading should be a part of everyone's day. Just read this again today (10 Nov 2012) and I am struck by how moder...

    This slim volume is just what it says, a book of rules. Rules for Benedictine monks of the Middle Ages. Which must make it seem an odd choice of reading for a middle-aged housewife of no religious orientation. But, I enjoyed it for it was. ...

    I found interesting so many references to discipline for misbehavior, to the point of banishing the offender from the monastery. I tend to think of monks as being righteous, and most of them were, but this was a reminder that sin exists everywhere. ...

    Some good insights, but monkishness was a bad idea in the first place. ...

  • Stephen
    Aug 10, 2009

    If you read this for entertainment you will be sorely disappointed. If you read this as a guide to life, and you are not a monk, you will be sorely disappointed. If you read this with an eye toward how one might live a more calm and disciplined life, adjusting what was written in to Si...

  • Mary
    May 18, 2017

    If you read this for entertainment you will be sorely disappointed. If you read this as a guide to life, and you are not a monk, you will be sorely disappointed. If you read this with an eye toward how one might live a more calm and disciplined life, adjusting what was written in to Si...

    I've often thought that the monastic order is the high-point of my religion. No power, no ambition, just simple and just service to God and man. Therefore I thought I'd read the beginning of that order. My sympathies are much more in align with the Franciscans then the Benedictions...

    My planned reading of spiritual classics have been quite slow. But here's one that I can recommend. These Rules have greatly influenced monasteries around the world until this day. They begin with some general reflections on piety that all Christians can benefit from - then he goes...

    I don't think I'm going to be joining a nunnery anytime soon. ...

  • Katie
    Mar 21, 2011

    If you read this for entertainment you will be sorely disappointed. If you read this as a guide to life, and you are not a monk, you will be sorely disappointed. If you read this with an eye toward how one might live a more calm and disciplined life, adjusting what was written in to Si...

    I've often thought that the monastic order is the high-point of my religion. No power, no ambition, just simple and just service to God and man. Therefore I thought I'd read the beginning of that order. My sympathies are much more in align with the Franciscans then the Benedictions...

    My planned reading of spiritual classics have been quite slow. But here's one that I can recommend. These Rules have greatly influenced monasteries around the world until this day. They begin with some general reflections on piety that all Christians can benefit from - then he goes...

    I don't think I'm going to be joining a nunnery anytime soon. ...

    I purchased this kindle version of the Rule of St. Benedict after reading about this religious text in The Cloister Walk, and wanting to see for myself what was contained in this book that the Benedictines base their lifestyle on. I find the monastic lifestyle facinating, and can hi...

    Las?ju Benedikta likumus, klausoties agr?no viduslaiku v?stures kursu. Neesmu tic?ga, kristiete v?l maz?k, dr?z?k agnosti?is parastais ( vai skdri?a Tipa, kas tic?ja - netic?ja). Pazem?ba, paklaus?ba, sods, T.sk. miesas sods, pa?nolieg?ana - t?s ir kategorijas, pretr...

    It encourages me to grow in the life of faith. The more we have progress in our active faith, the greater we expand in our hearts. The Rule of Saint Benedict says, "When faith makes that progress, the heart is expanded, and is borne along with the indescribable sweetness of love." Lord...

    I mean, there's not a lot of books this old that people are using for guidance to live their daily lives. Everyone gets kitchen duty. Minus one star for the suggestion that if children are out of line, you should beat them, because they won't understand getting excommunicated. I guess ...

    For most of us to read this work is to enter another world. Not only is this written in the 6th century AD but it is written about a kind of experience, the truly monastic life, that few of us will experience, much less understand. So what is the worth of this work? First of all, th...

    One of my favorite things about the Rule of St. Benedict is how kind it is. I think that the popular perception of medieval monks is still filled with hair shirts and flagellation, or, at best, an authoritarian abbot lording over servile monks. Those things aren't made up and they cert...

  • Hannah Notess
    Dec 01, 2014

    If you read this for entertainment you will be sorely disappointed. If you read this as a guide to life, and you are not a monk, you will be sorely disappointed. If you read this with an eye toward how one might live a more calm and disciplined life, adjusting what was written in to Si...

    I've often thought that the monastic order is the high-point of my religion. No power, no ambition, just simple and just service to God and man. Therefore I thought I'd read the beginning of that order. My sympathies are much more in align with the Franciscans then the Benedictions...

    My planned reading of spiritual classics have been quite slow. But here's one that I can recommend. These Rules have greatly influenced monasteries around the world until this day. They begin with some general reflections on piety that all Christians can benefit from - then he goes...

    I don't think I'm going to be joining a nunnery anytime soon. ...

    I purchased this kindle version of the Rule of St. Benedict after reading about this religious text in The Cloister Walk, and wanting to see for myself what was contained in this book that the Benedictines base their lifestyle on. I find the monastic lifestyle facinating, and can hi...

    Las?ju Benedikta likumus, klausoties agr?no viduslaiku v?stures kursu. Neesmu tic?ga, kristiete v?l maz?k, dr?z?k agnosti?is parastais ( vai skdri?a Tipa, kas tic?ja - netic?ja). Pazem?ba, paklaus?ba, sods, T.sk. miesas sods, pa?nolieg?ana - t?s ir kategorijas, pretr...

    It encourages me to grow in the life of faith. The more we have progress in our active faith, the greater we expand in our hearts. The Rule of Saint Benedict says, "When faith makes that progress, the heart is expanded, and is borne along with the indescribable sweetness of love." Lord...

    I mean, there's not a lot of books this old that people are using for guidance to live their daily lives. Everyone gets kitchen duty. Minus one star for the suggestion that if children are out of line, you should beat them, because they won't understand getting excommunicated. I guess ...

  • Larry Farlow
    Jun 12, 2012

    If you read this for entertainment you will be sorely disappointed. If you read this as a guide to life, and you are not a monk, you will be sorely disappointed. If you read this with an eye toward how one might live a more calm and disciplined life, adjusting what was written in to Si...

    I've often thought that the monastic order is the high-point of my religion. No power, no ambition, just simple and just service to God and man. Therefore I thought I'd read the beginning of that order. My sympathies are much more in align with the Franciscans then the Benedictions...

    My planned reading of spiritual classics have been quite slow. But here's one that I can recommend. These Rules have greatly influenced monasteries around the world until this day. They begin with some general reflections on piety that all Christians can benefit from - then he goes...

    I don't think I'm going to be joining a nunnery anytime soon. ...

    I purchased this kindle version of the Rule of St. Benedict after reading about this religious text in The Cloister Walk, and wanting to see for myself what was contained in this book that the Benedictines base their lifestyle on. I find the monastic lifestyle facinating, and can hi...

    Las?ju Benedikta likumus, klausoties agr?no viduslaiku v?stures kursu. Neesmu tic?ga, kristiete v?l maz?k, dr?z?k agnosti?is parastais ( vai skdri?a Tipa, kas tic?ja - netic?ja). Pazem?ba, paklaus?ba, sods, T.sk. miesas sods, pa?nolieg?ana - t?s ir kategorijas, pretr...

    It encourages me to grow in the life of faith. The more we have progress in our active faith, the greater we expand in our hearts. The Rule of Saint Benedict says, "When faith makes that progress, the heart is expanded, and is borne along with the indescribable sweetness of love." Lord...

    I mean, there's not a lot of books this old that people are using for guidance to live their daily lives. Everyone gets kitchen duty. Minus one star for the suggestion that if children are out of line, you should beat them, because they won't understand getting excommunicated. I guess ...

    For most of us to read this work is to enter another world. Not only is this written in the 6th century AD but it is written about a kind of experience, the truly monastic life, that few of us will experience, much less understand. So what is the worth of this work? First of all, th...

    One of my favorite things about the Rule of St. Benedict is how kind it is. I think that the popular perception of medieval monks is still filled with hair shirts and flagellation, or, at best, an authoritarian abbot lording over servile monks. Those things aren't made up and they cert...

    Decidí leer La Santa Regla después de leer Tres Monjes Rebeldes; necesitaba entender mejor en qué consistía esta forma de vivir de los monjes. Definitivamente esta lectura ha llenado mis expectativas, pues permite entender con mucho más detalle la vida monástica. Al leer este...

    How do you review a book like this? I mean, there are many nuggets of wisdom throughout that can be beneficial for any reader. But the whole purpose of writing it was to create a rule for monks. Thus, many of the rules on excommunication and daily order of life for monks are more diffi...

    Read for the Great Conversation second semester of freshman year. ...

    Although I?ve read and listened to The Rule of St. Benedict several times since first being introduced to it twelve or so years ago, a monastic retreat given by Abbot Lawrence Stasyszen O.S.B. from St. Gregory's University at the abbey breathed life into the words of this 1500 year ...

    First reading: 2005 (RB 1982) Second reading: 2016 (Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove's contemporary paraphrase) Almost certainly the most significant work ever written on intentional community living. In a world where Utopian visions and good intentions are plentiful, here we have a rule ...

    Primary sources always make for some of the best research materials for a student of the Middle Ages and this is a fine example. Reading the Rule of St. Benedict has offered incredible insight into how medieval monks (at least those who subscribed to this Rule) would have acted or seen...

    Simple. Pious. Quite enjoyable. An interesting treatise into one of the most influential rules of monastic life. I was drawn in to how holistic and comprehensive a sacrificial (selfless, charitable) life can be. Counter-intuitive to 21st century Western notions of the elevation of the ...

    This is a classic, of course, and one that I read regularly every fall just as I'm getting ready for school. I like the Benedictine stress on integrating work, learning and prayer, so I identify with much of what is in here, even if I do work in a secular school. The stress on hospital...

    This is at least the fourth time I have read the Holy Rule, still a phenomenal little guide. I love how much emphasis St. Benedict places on time spent reading, and how reading should be a part of everyone's day. Just read this again today (10 Nov 2012) and I am struck by how moder...

    This slim volume is just what it says, a book of rules. Rules for Benedictine monks of the Middle Ages. Which must make it seem an odd choice of reading for a middle-aged housewife of no religious orientation. But, I enjoyed it for it was. ...

    I found interesting so many references to discipline for misbehavior, to the point of banishing the offender from the monastery. I tend to think of monks as being righteous, and most of them were, but this was a reminder that sin exists everywhere. ...

    Some good insights, but monkishness was a bad idea in the first place. ...

    I had to read most of this for class, so I found the rest online and finished it. It was definitely very interesting, and I may as well put it on here. ...

    I'd make a terrible monk. I don't think any of this sounded like fun . And I'm a woman, so... All this to say, this was very insightful and I don't regret reading it the second time through. ...

    I listened to a version of this. ...

    It'd be easy to write off monks or Benedict as one who simply rejected the world (though if we define world via biblical theology or how Paul thought, we probably should reject it too!) and ran off into isolation. I'm sure there's truth in that. But the Rule, taken as an alternative wa...

    The Rule of St. Benedict shouldn't be far from any aspiring Benedictine (or monastic for that matter), both to find strong practices of proper and good monastic living, but also to get a full scope of the early monastic movement (in all of it's mixed beauty.) If I, in my limited experi...

    Since I'm reading "The Benedict Option" I thought I should read his original guide for monastic living. The first third is interesting, but the rest is mundane and wearisome. I largely agree with Justin Taylor's review, which strangely enough appeared on the Gospel Coalition site the ...

    This book is the perfect, simple, well translated rule of st. Benedict. Short of the brief history of how the rule came to pass, it is purely the rule with little explication. I highly recommend this book if you are interested in Benedict's order, rule or monastic life. ...

    This summer I?ve been taking a class through iTunes U called ?The Early Middle Ages? taught by Professor Paul Freedman of the Open Yale University. It?s been a fascinating and interesting course. Part of the required reading is The Rule of Saint Benedict. From the perspective o...

  • Trever
    May 18, 2012

    If you read this for entertainment you will be sorely disappointed. If you read this as a guide to life, and you are not a monk, you will be sorely disappointed. If you read this with an eye toward how one might live a more calm and disciplined life, adjusting what was written in to Si...

    I've often thought that the monastic order is the high-point of my religion. No power, no ambition, just simple and just service to God and man. Therefore I thought I'd read the beginning of that order. My sympathies are much more in align with the Franciscans then the Benedictions...

    My planned reading of spiritual classics have been quite slow. But here's one that I can recommend. These Rules have greatly influenced monasteries around the world until this day. They begin with some general reflections on piety that all Christians can benefit from - then he goes...

    I don't think I'm going to be joining a nunnery anytime soon. ...

    I purchased this kindle version of the Rule of St. Benedict after reading about this religious text in The Cloister Walk, and wanting to see for myself what was contained in this book that the Benedictines base their lifestyle on. I find the monastic lifestyle facinating, and can hi...

    Las?ju Benedikta likumus, klausoties agr?no viduslaiku v?stures kursu. Neesmu tic?ga, kristiete v?l maz?k, dr?z?k agnosti?is parastais ( vai skdri?a Tipa, kas tic?ja - netic?ja). Pazem?ba, paklaus?ba, sods, T.sk. miesas sods, pa?nolieg?ana - t?s ir kategorijas, pretr...

    It encourages me to grow in the life of faith. The more we have progress in our active faith, the greater we expand in our hearts. The Rule of Saint Benedict says, "When faith makes that progress, the heart is expanded, and is borne along with the indescribable sweetness of love." Lord...

    I mean, there's not a lot of books this old that people are using for guidance to live their daily lives. Everyone gets kitchen duty. Minus one star for the suggestion that if children are out of line, you should beat them, because they won't understand getting excommunicated. I guess ...

    For most of us to read this work is to enter another world. Not only is this written in the 6th century AD but it is written about a kind of experience, the truly monastic life, that few of us will experience, much less understand. So what is the worth of this work? First of all, th...

    One of my favorite things about the Rule of St. Benedict is how kind it is. I think that the popular perception of medieval monks is still filled with hair shirts and flagellation, or, at best, an authoritarian abbot lording over servile monks. Those things aren't made up and they cert...

    Decidí leer La Santa Regla después de leer Tres Monjes Rebeldes; necesitaba entender mejor en qué consistía esta forma de vivir de los monjes. Definitivamente esta lectura ha llenado mis expectativas, pues permite entender con mucho más detalle la vida monástica. Al leer este...

    How do you review a book like this? I mean, there are many nuggets of wisdom throughout that can be beneficial for any reader. But the whole purpose of writing it was to create a rule for monks. Thus, many of the rules on excommunication and daily order of life for monks are more diffi...

    Read for the Great Conversation second semester of freshman year. ...

    Although I?ve read and listened to The Rule of St. Benedict several times since first being introduced to it twelve or so years ago, a monastic retreat given by Abbot Lawrence Stasyszen O.S.B. from St. Gregory's University at the abbey breathed life into the words of this 1500 year ...

    First reading: 2005 (RB 1982) Second reading: 2016 (Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove's contemporary paraphrase) Almost certainly the most significant work ever written on intentional community living. In a world where Utopian visions and good intentions are plentiful, here we have a rule ...

    Primary sources always make for some of the best research materials for a student of the Middle Ages and this is a fine example. Reading the Rule of St. Benedict has offered incredible insight into how medieval monks (at least those who subscribed to this Rule) would have acted or seen...

    Simple. Pious. Quite enjoyable. An interesting treatise into one of the most influential rules of monastic life. I was drawn in to how holistic and comprehensive a sacrificial (selfless, charitable) life can be. Counter-intuitive to 21st century Western notions of the elevation of the ...

    This is a classic, of course, and one that I read regularly every fall just as I'm getting ready for school. I like the Benedictine stress on integrating work, learning and prayer, so I identify with much of what is in here, even if I do work in a secular school. The stress on hospital...

    This is at least the fourth time I have read the Holy Rule, still a phenomenal little guide. I love how much emphasis St. Benedict places on time spent reading, and how reading should be a part of everyone's day. Just read this again today (10 Nov 2012) and I am struck by how moder...

  • Jordan Magnuson
    Jan 25, 2016

    If you read this for entertainment you will be sorely disappointed. If you read this as a guide to life, and you are not a monk, you will be sorely disappointed. If you read this with an eye toward how one might live a more calm and disciplined life, adjusting what was written in to Si...

    I've often thought that the monastic order is the high-point of my religion. No power, no ambition, just simple and just service to God and man. Therefore I thought I'd read the beginning of that order. My sympathies are much more in align with the Franciscans then the Benedictions...

    My planned reading of spiritual classics have been quite slow. But here's one that I can recommend. These Rules have greatly influenced monasteries around the world until this day. They begin with some general reflections on piety that all Christians can benefit from - then he goes...

    I don't think I'm going to be joining a nunnery anytime soon. ...

    I purchased this kindle version of the Rule of St. Benedict after reading about this religious text in The Cloister Walk, and wanting to see for myself what was contained in this book that the Benedictines base their lifestyle on. I find the monastic lifestyle facinating, and can hi...

    Las?ju Benedikta likumus, klausoties agr?no viduslaiku v?stures kursu. Neesmu tic?ga, kristiete v?l maz?k, dr?z?k agnosti?is parastais ( vai skdri?a Tipa, kas tic?ja - netic?ja). Pazem?ba, paklaus?ba, sods, T.sk. miesas sods, pa?nolieg?ana - t?s ir kategorijas, pretr...

    It encourages me to grow in the life of faith. The more we have progress in our active faith, the greater we expand in our hearts. The Rule of Saint Benedict says, "When faith makes that progress, the heart is expanded, and is borne along with the indescribable sweetness of love." Lord...

    I mean, there's not a lot of books this old that people are using for guidance to live their daily lives. Everyone gets kitchen duty. Minus one star for the suggestion that if children are out of line, you should beat them, because they won't understand getting excommunicated. I guess ...

    For most of us to read this work is to enter another world. Not only is this written in the 6th century AD but it is written about a kind of experience, the truly monastic life, that few of us will experience, much less understand. So what is the worth of this work? First of all, th...

    One of my favorite things about the Rule of St. Benedict is how kind it is. I think that the popular perception of medieval monks is still filled with hair shirts and flagellation, or, at best, an authoritarian abbot lording over servile monks. Those things aren't made up and they cert...

    Decidí leer La Santa Regla después de leer Tres Monjes Rebeldes; necesitaba entender mejor en qué consistía esta forma de vivir de los monjes. Definitivamente esta lectura ha llenado mis expectativas, pues permite entender con mucho más detalle la vida monástica. Al leer este...

    How do you review a book like this? I mean, there are many nuggets of wisdom throughout that can be beneficial for any reader. But the whole purpose of writing it was to create a rule for monks. Thus, many of the rules on excommunication and daily order of life for monks are more diffi...

    Read for the Great Conversation second semester of freshman year. ...

    Although I?ve read and listened to The Rule of St. Benedict several times since first being introduced to it twelve or so years ago, a monastic retreat given by Abbot Lawrence Stasyszen O.S.B. from St. Gregory's University at the abbey breathed life into the words of this 1500 year ...

    First reading: 2005 (RB 1982) Second reading: 2016 (Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove's contemporary paraphrase) Almost certainly the most significant work ever written on intentional community living. In a world where Utopian visions and good intentions are plentiful, here we have a rule ...

  • Rivka D.
    Jan 14, 2013

    If you read this for entertainment you will be sorely disappointed. If you read this as a guide to life, and you are not a monk, you will be sorely disappointed. If you read this with an eye toward how one might live a more calm and disciplined life, adjusting what was written in to Si...

    I've often thought that the monastic order is the high-point of my religion. No power, no ambition, just simple and just service to God and man. Therefore I thought I'd read the beginning of that order. My sympathies are much more in align with the Franciscans then the Benedictions...

    My planned reading of spiritual classics have been quite slow. But here's one that I can recommend. These Rules have greatly influenced monasteries around the world until this day. They begin with some general reflections on piety that all Christians can benefit from - then he goes...

    I don't think I'm going to be joining a nunnery anytime soon. ...

    I purchased this kindle version of the Rule of St. Benedict after reading about this religious text in The Cloister Walk, and wanting to see for myself what was contained in this book that the Benedictines base their lifestyle on. I find the monastic lifestyle facinating, and can hi...

    Las?ju Benedikta likumus, klausoties agr?no viduslaiku v?stures kursu. Neesmu tic?ga, kristiete v?l maz?k, dr?z?k agnosti?is parastais ( vai skdri?a Tipa, kas tic?ja - netic?ja). Pazem?ba, paklaus?ba, sods, T.sk. miesas sods, pa?nolieg?ana - t?s ir kategorijas, pretr...

    It encourages me to grow in the life of faith. The more we have progress in our active faith, the greater we expand in our hearts. The Rule of Saint Benedict says, "When faith makes that progress, the heart is expanded, and is borne along with the indescribable sweetness of love." Lord...

    I mean, there's not a lot of books this old that people are using for guidance to live their daily lives. Everyone gets kitchen duty. Minus one star for the suggestion that if children are out of line, you should beat them, because they won't understand getting excommunicated. I guess ...

    For most of us to read this work is to enter another world. Not only is this written in the 6th century AD but it is written about a kind of experience, the truly monastic life, that few of us will experience, much less understand. So what is the worth of this work? First of all, th...

    One of my favorite things about the Rule of St. Benedict is how kind it is. I think that the popular perception of medieval monks is still filled with hair shirts and flagellation, or, at best, an authoritarian abbot lording over servile monks. Those things aren't made up and they cert...

    Decidí leer La Santa Regla después de leer Tres Monjes Rebeldes; necesitaba entender mejor en qué consistía esta forma de vivir de los monjes. Definitivamente esta lectura ha llenado mis expectativas, pues permite entender con mucho más detalle la vida monástica. Al leer este...

    How do you review a book like this? I mean, there are many nuggets of wisdom throughout that can be beneficial for any reader. But the whole purpose of writing it was to create a rule for monks. Thus, many of the rules on excommunication and daily order of life for monks are more diffi...

    Read for the Great Conversation second semester of freshman year. ...

    Although I?ve read and listened to The Rule of St. Benedict several times since first being introduced to it twelve or so years ago, a monastic retreat given by Abbot Lawrence Stasyszen O.S.B. from St. Gregory's University at the abbey breathed life into the words of this 1500 year ...

    First reading: 2005 (RB 1982) Second reading: 2016 (Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove's contemporary paraphrase) Almost certainly the most significant work ever written on intentional community living. In a world where Utopian visions and good intentions are plentiful, here we have a rule ...

    Primary sources always make for some of the best research materials for a student of the Middle Ages and this is a fine example. Reading the Rule of St. Benedict has offered incredible insight into how medieval monks (at least those who subscribed to this Rule) would have acted or seen...

    Simple. Pious. Quite enjoyable. An interesting treatise into one of the most influential rules of monastic life. I was drawn in to how holistic and comprehensive a sacrificial (selfless, charitable) life can be. Counter-intuitive to 21st century Western notions of the elevation of the ...

    This is a classic, of course, and one that I read regularly every fall just as I'm getting ready for school. I like the Benedictine stress on integrating work, learning and prayer, so I identify with much of what is in here, even if I do work in a secular school. The stress on hospital...

    This is at least the fourth time I have read the Holy Rule, still a phenomenal little guide. I love how much emphasis St. Benedict places on time spent reading, and how reading should be a part of everyone's day. Just read this again today (10 Nov 2012) and I am struck by how moder...

    This slim volume is just what it says, a book of rules. Rules for Benedictine monks of the Middle Ages. Which must make it seem an odd choice of reading for a middle-aged housewife of no religious orientation. But, I enjoyed it for it was. ...

    I found interesting so many references to discipline for misbehavior, to the point of banishing the offender from the monastery. I tend to think of monks as being righteous, and most of them were, but this was a reminder that sin exists everywhere. ...

    Some good insights, but monkishness was a bad idea in the first place. ...

    I had to read most of this for class, so I found the rest online and finished it. It was definitely very interesting, and I may as well put it on here. ...

    I'd make a terrible monk. I don't think any of this sounded like fun . And I'm a woman, so... All this to say, this was very insightful and I don't regret reading it the second time through. ...

  • Larissa
    Feb 16, 2016

    If you read this for entertainment you will be sorely disappointed. If you read this as a guide to life, and you are not a monk, you will be sorely disappointed. If you read this with an eye toward how one might live a more calm and disciplined life, adjusting what was written in to Si...

    I've often thought that the monastic order is the high-point of my religion. No power, no ambition, just simple and just service to God and man. Therefore I thought I'd read the beginning of that order. My sympathies are much more in align with the Franciscans then the Benedictions...

    My planned reading of spiritual classics have been quite slow. But here's one that I can recommend. These Rules have greatly influenced monasteries around the world until this day. They begin with some general reflections on piety that all Christians can benefit from - then he goes...

    I don't think I'm going to be joining a nunnery anytime soon. ...

    I purchased this kindle version of the Rule of St. Benedict after reading about this religious text in The Cloister Walk, and wanting to see for myself what was contained in this book that the Benedictines base their lifestyle on. I find the monastic lifestyle facinating, and can hi...

    Las?ju Benedikta likumus, klausoties agr?no viduslaiku v?stures kursu. Neesmu tic?ga, kristiete v?l maz?k, dr?z?k agnosti?is parastais ( vai skdri?a Tipa, kas tic?ja - netic?ja). Pazem?ba, paklaus?ba, sods, T.sk. miesas sods, pa?nolieg?ana - t?s ir kategorijas, pretr...

    It encourages me to grow in the life of faith. The more we have progress in our active faith, the greater we expand in our hearts. The Rule of Saint Benedict says, "When faith makes that progress, the heart is expanded, and is borne along with the indescribable sweetness of love." Lord...

    I mean, there's not a lot of books this old that people are using for guidance to live their daily lives. Everyone gets kitchen duty. Minus one star for the suggestion that if children are out of line, you should beat them, because they won't understand getting excommunicated. I guess ...

    For most of us to read this work is to enter another world. Not only is this written in the 6th century AD but it is written about a kind of experience, the truly monastic life, that few of us will experience, much less understand. So what is the worth of this work? First of all, th...

    One of my favorite things about the Rule of St. Benedict is how kind it is. I think that the popular perception of medieval monks is still filled with hair shirts and flagellation, or, at best, an authoritarian abbot lording over servile monks. Those things aren't made up and they cert...

    Decidí leer La Santa Regla después de leer Tres Monjes Rebeldes; necesitaba entender mejor en qué consistía esta forma de vivir de los monjes. Definitivamente esta lectura ha llenado mis expectativas, pues permite entender con mucho más detalle la vida monástica. Al leer este...

    How do you review a book like this? I mean, there are many nuggets of wisdom throughout that can be beneficial for any reader. But the whole purpose of writing it was to create a rule for monks. Thus, many of the rules on excommunication and daily order of life for monks are more diffi...

    Read for the Great Conversation second semester of freshman year. ...

  • Bob
    Nov 04, 2013

    If you read this for entertainment you will be sorely disappointed. If you read this as a guide to life, and you are not a monk, you will be sorely disappointed. If you read this with an eye toward how one might live a more calm and disciplined life, adjusting what was written in to Si...

    I've often thought that the monastic order is the high-point of my religion. No power, no ambition, just simple and just service to God and man. Therefore I thought I'd read the beginning of that order. My sympathies are much more in align with the Franciscans then the Benedictions...

    My planned reading of spiritual classics have been quite slow. But here's one that I can recommend. These Rules have greatly influenced monasteries around the world until this day. They begin with some general reflections on piety that all Christians can benefit from - then he goes...

    I don't think I'm going to be joining a nunnery anytime soon. ...

    I purchased this kindle version of the Rule of St. Benedict after reading about this religious text in The Cloister Walk, and wanting to see for myself what was contained in this book that the Benedictines base their lifestyle on. I find the monastic lifestyle facinating, and can hi...

    Las?ju Benedikta likumus, klausoties agr?no viduslaiku v?stures kursu. Neesmu tic?ga, kristiete v?l maz?k, dr?z?k agnosti?is parastais ( vai skdri?a Tipa, kas tic?ja - netic?ja). Pazem?ba, paklaus?ba, sods, T.sk. miesas sods, pa?nolieg?ana - t?s ir kategorijas, pretr...

    It encourages me to grow in the life of faith. The more we have progress in our active faith, the greater we expand in our hearts. The Rule of Saint Benedict says, "When faith makes that progress, the heart is expanded, and is borne along with the indescribable sweetness of love." Lord...

    I mean, there's not a lot of books this old that people are using for guidance to live their daily lives. Everyone gets kitchen duty. Minus one star for the suggestion that if children are out of line, you should beat them, because they won't understand getting excommunicated. I guess ...

    For most of us to read this work is to enter another world. Not only is this written in the 6th century AD but it is written about a kind of experience, the truly monastic life, that few of us will experience, much less understand. So what is the worth of this work? First of all, th...

  • Phil
    Aug 31, 2012

    If you read this for entertainment you will be sorely disappointed. If you read this as a guide to life, and you are not a monk, you will be sorely disappointed. If you read this with an eye toward how one might live a more calm and disciplined life, adjusting what was written in to Si...

    I've often thought that the monastic order is the high-point of my religion. No power, no ambition, just simple and just service to God and man. Therefore I thought I'd read the beginning of that order. My sympathies are much more in align with the Franciscans then the Benedictions...

    My planned reading of spiritual classics have been quite slow. But here's one that I can recommend. These Rules have greatly influenced monasteries around the world until this day. They begin with some general reflections on piety that all Christians can benefit from - then he goes...

    I don't think I'm going to be joining a nunnery anytime soon. ...

    I purchased this kindle version of the Rule of St. Benedict after reading about this religious text in The Cloister Walk, and wanting to see for myself what was contained in this book that the Benedictines base their lifestyle on. I find the monastic lifestyle facinating, and can hi...

    Las?ju Benedikta likumus, klausoties agr?no viduslaiku v?stures kursu. Neesmu tic?ga, kristiete v?l maz?k, dr?z?k agnosti?is parastais ( vai skdri?a Tipa, kas tic?ja - netic?ja). Pazem?ba, paklaus?ba, sods, T.sk. miesas sods, pa?nolieg?ana - t?s ir kategorijas, pretr...

    It encourages me to grow in the life of faith. The more we have progress in our active faith, the greater we expand in our hearts. The Rule of Saint Benedict says, "When faith makes that progress, the heart is expanded, and is borne along with the indescribable sweetness of love." Lord...

    I mean, there's not a lot of books this old that people are using for guidance to live their daily lives. Everyone gets kitchen duty. Minus one star for the suggestion that if children are out of line, you should beat them, because they won't understand getting excommunicated. I guess ...

    For most of us to read this work is to enter another world. Not only is this written in the 6th century AD but it is written about a kind of experience, the truly monastic life, that few of us will experience, much less understand. So what is the worth of this work? First of all, th...

    One of my favorite things about the Rule of St. Benedict is how kind it is. I think that the popular perception of medieval monks is still filled with hair shirts and flagellation, or, at best, an authoritarian abbot lording over servile monks. Those things aren't made up and they cert...

    Decidí leer La Santa Regla después de leer Tres Monjes Rebeldes; necesitaba entender mejor en qué consistía esta forma de vivir de los monjes. Definitivamente esta lectura ha llenado mis expectativas, pues permite entender con mucho más detalle la vida monástica. Al leer este...

    How do you review a book like this? I mean, there are many nuggets of wisdom throughout that can be beneficial for any reader. But the whole purpose of writing it was to create a rule for monks. Thus, many of the rules on excommunication and daily order of life for monks are more diffi...

    Read for the Great Conversation second semester of freshman year. ...

    Although I?ve read and listened to The Rule of St. Benedict several times since first being introduced to it twelve or so years ago, a monastic retreat given by Abbot Lawrence Stasyszen O.S.B. from St. Gregory's University at the abbey breathed life into the words of this 1500 year ...

    First reading: 2005 (RB 1982) Second reading: 2016 (Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove's contemporary paraphrase) Almost certainly the most significant work ever written on intentional community living. In a world where Utopian visions and good intentions are plentiful, here we have a rule ...

    Primary sources always make for some of the best research materials for a student of the Middle Ages and this is a fine example. Reading the Rule of St. Benedict has offered incredible insight into how medieval monks (at least those who subscribed to this Rule) would have acted or seen...

    Simple. Pious. Quite enjoyable. An interesting treatise into one of the most influential rules of monastic life. I was drawn in to how holistic and comprehensive a sacrificial (selfless, charitable) life can be. Counter-intuitive to 21st century Western notions of the elevation of the ...

    This is a classic, of course, and one that I read regularly every fall just as I'm getting ready for school. I like the Benedictine stress on integrating work, learning and prayer, so I identify with much of what is in here, even if I do work in a secular school. The stress on hospital...

  • Blair Hodgkinson
    Jan 30, 2017

    If you read this for entertainment you will be sorely disappointed. If you read this as a guide to life, and you are not a monk, you will be sorely disappointed. If you read this with an eye toward how one might live a more calm and disciplined life, adjusting what was written in to Si...

    I've often thought that the monastic order is the high-point of my religion. No power, no ambition, just simple and just service to God and man. Therefore I thought I'd read the beginning of that order. My sympathies are much more in align with the Franciscans then the Benedictions...

    My planned reading of spiritual classics have been quite slow. But here's one that I can recommend. These Rules have greatly influenced monasteries around the world until this day. They begin with some general reflections on piety that all Christians can benefit from - then he goes...

    I don't think I'm going to be joining a nunnery anytime soon. ...

    I purchased this kindle version of the Rule of St. Benedict after reading about this religious text in The Cloister Walk, and wanting to see for myself what was contained in this book that the Benedictines base their lifestyle on. I find the monastic lifestyle facinating, and can hi...

    Las?ju Benedikta likumus, klausoties agr?no viduslaiku v?stures kursu. Neesmu tic?ga, kristiete v?l maz?k, dr?z?k agnosti?is parastais ( vai skdri?a Tipa, kas tic?ja - netic?ja). Pazem?ba, paklaus?ba, sods, T.sk. miesas sods, pa?nolieg?ana - t?s ir kategorijas, pretr...

    It encourages me to grow in the life of faith. The more we have progress in our active faith, the greater we expand in our hearts. The Rule of Saint Benedict says, "When faith makes that progress, the heart is expanded, and is borne along with the indescribable sweetness of love." Lord...

    I mean, there's not a lot of books this old that people are using for guidance to live their daily lives. Everyone gets kitchen duty. Minus one star for the suggestion that if children are out of line, you should beat them, because they won't understand getting excommunicated. I guess ...

    For most of us to read this work is to enter another world. Not only is this written in the 6th century AD but it is written about a kind of experience, the truly monastic life, that few of us will experience, much less understand. So what is the worth of this work? First of all, th...

    One of my favorite things about the Rule of St. Benedict is how kind it is. I think that the popular perception of medieval monks is still filled with hair shirts and flagellation, or, at best, an authoritarian abbot lording over servile monks. Those things aren't made up and they cert...

    Decidí leer La Santa Regla después de leer Tres Monjes Rebeldes; necesitaba entender mejor en qué consistía esta forma de vivir de los monjes. Definitivamente esta lectura ha llenado mis expectativas, pues permite entender con mucho más detalle la vida monástica. Al leer este...

    How do you review a book like this? I mean, there are many nuggets of wisdom throughout that can be beneficial for any reader. But the whole purpose of writing it was to create a rule for monks. Thus, many of the rules on excommunication and daily order of life for monks are more diffi...

    Read for the Great Conversation second semester of freshman year. ...

    Although I?ve read and listened to The Rule of St. Benedict several times since first being introduced to it twelve or so years ago, a monastic retreat given by Abbot Lawrence Stasyszen O.S.B. from St. Gregory's University at the abbey breathed life into the words of this 1500 year ...

    First reading: 2005 (RB 1982) Second reading: 2016 (Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove's contemporary paraphrase) Almost certainly the most significant work ever written on intentional community living. In a world where Utopian visions and good intentions are plentiful, here we have a rule ...

    Primary sources always make for some of the best research materials for a student of the Middle Ages and this is a fine example. Reading the Rule of St. Benedict has offered incredible insight into how medieval monks (at least those who subscribed to this Rule) would have acted or seen...

  • Andres Mosquera Salazar
    May 03, 2013

    If you read this for entertainment you will be sorely disappointed. If you read this as a guide to life, and you are not a monk, you will be sorely disappointed. If you read this with an eye toward how one might live a more calm and disciplined life, adjusting what was written in to Si...

    I've often thought that the monastic order is the high-point of my religion. No power, no ambition, just simple and just service to God and man. Therefore I thought I'd read the beginning of that order. My sympathies are much more in align with the Franciscans then the Benedictions...

    My planned reading of spiritual classics have been quite slow. But here's one that I can recommend. These Rules have greatly influenced monasteries around the world until this day. They begin with some general reflections on piety that all Christians can benefit from - then he goes...

    I don't think I'm going to be joining a nunnery anytime soon. ...

    I purchased this kindle version of the Rule of St. Benedict after reading about this religious text in The Cloister Walk, and wanting to see for myself what was contained in this book that the Benedictines base their lifestyle on. I find the monastic lifestyle facinating, and can hi...

    Las?ju Benedikta likumus, klausoties agr?no viduslaiku v?stures kursu. Neesmu tic?ga, kristiete v?l maz?k, dr?z?k agnosti?is parastais ( vai skdri?a Tipa, kas tic?ja - netic?ja). Pazem?ba, paklaus?ba, sods, T.sk. miesas sods, pa?nolieg?ana - t?s ir kategorijas, pretr...

    It encourages me to grow in the life of faith. The more we have progress in our active faith, the greater we expand in our hearts. The Rule of Saint Benedict says, "When faith makes that progress, the heart is expanded, and is borne along with the indescribable sweetness of love." Lord...

    I mean, there's not a lot of books this old that people are using for guidance to live their daily lives. Everyone gets kitchen duty. Minus one star for the suggestion that if children are out of line, you should beat them, because they won't understand getting excommunicated. I guess ...

    For most of us to read this work is to enter another world. Not only is this written in the 6th century AD but it is written about a kind of experience, the truly monastic life, that few of us will experience, much less understand. So what is the worth of this work? First of all, th...

    One of my favorite things about the Rule of St. Benedict is how kind it is. I think that the popular perception of medieval monks is still filled with hair shirts and flagellation, or, at best, an authoritarian abbot lording over servile monks. Those things aren't made up and they cert...

    Decidí leer La Santa Regla después de leer Tres Monjes Rebeldes; necesitaba entender mejor en qué consistía esta forma de vivir de los monjes. Definitivamente esta lectura ha llenado mis expectativas, pues permite entender con mucho más detalle la vida monástica. Al leer este...

  • Conor
    Jun 09, 2018

    If you read this for entertainment you will be sorely disappointed. If you read this as a guide to life, and you are not a monk, you will be sorely disappointed. If you read this with an eye toward how one might live a more calm and disciplined life, adjusting what was written in to Si...

    I've often thought that the monastic order is the high-point of my religion. No power, no ambition, just simple and just service to God and man. Therefore I thought I'd read the beginning of that order. My sympathies are much more in align with the Franciscans then the Benedictions...

    My planned reading of spiritual classics have been quite slow. But here's one that I can recommend. These Rules have greatly influenced monasteries around the world until this day. They begin with some general reflections on piety that all Christians can benefit from - then he goes...

    I don't think I'm going to be joining a nunnery anytime soon. ...

    I purchased this kindle version of the Rule of St. Benedict after reading about this religious text in The Cloister Walk, and wanting to see for myself what was contained in this book that the Benedictines base their lifestyle on. I find the monastic lifestyle facinating, and can hi...

    Las?ju Benedikta likumus, klausoties agr?no viduslaiku v?stures kursu. Neesmu tic?ga, kristiete v?l maz?k, dr?z?k agnosti?is parastais ( vai skdri?a Tipa, kas tic?ja - netic?ja). Pazem?ba, paklaus?ba, sods, T.sk. miesas sods, pa?nolieg?ana - t?s ir kategorijas, pretr...

    It encourages me to grow in the life of faith. The more we have progress in our active faith, the greater we expand in our hearts. The Rule of Saint Benedict says, "When faith makes that progress, the heart is expanded, and is borne along with the indescribable sweetness of love." Lord...

    I mean, there's not a lot of books this old that people are using for guidance to live their daily lives. Everyone gets kitchen duty. Minus one star for the suggestion that if children are out of line, you should beat them, because they won't understand getting excommunicated. I guess ...

    For most of us to read this work is to enter another world. Not only is this written in the 6th century AD but it is written about a kind of experience, the truly monastic life, that few of us will experience, much less understand. So what is the worth of this work? First of all, th...

    One of my favorite things about the Rule of St. Benedict is how kind it is. I think that the popular perception of medieval monks is still filled with hair shirts and flagellation, or, at best, an authoritarian abbot lording over servile monks. Those things aren't made up and they cert...

    Decidí leer La Santa Regla después de leer Tres Monjes Rebeldes; necesitaba entender mejor en qué consistía esta forma de vivir de los monjes. Definitivamente esta lectura ha llenado mis expectativas, pues permite entender con mucho más detalle la vida monástica. Al leer este...

    How do you review a book like this? I mean, there are many nuggets of wisdom throughout that can be beneficial for any reader. But the whole purpose of writing it was to create a rule for monks. Thus, many of the rules on excommunication and daily order of life for monks are more diffi...

    Read for the Great Conversation second semester of freshman year. ...

    Although I?ve read and listened to The Rule of St. Benedict several times since first being introduced to it twelve or so years ago, a monastic retreat given by Abbot Lawrence Stasyszen O.S.B. from St. Gregory's University at the abbey breathed life into the words of this 1500 year ...

    First reading: 2005 (RB 1982) Second reading: 2016 (Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove's contemporary paraphrase) Almost certainly the most significant work ever written on intentional community living. In a world where Utopian visions and good intentions are plentiful, here we have a rule ...

    Primary sources always make for some of the best research materials for a student of the Middle Ages and this is a fine example. Reading the Rule of St. Benedict has offered incredible insight into how medieval monks (at least those who subscribed to this Rule) would have acted or seen...

    Simple. Pious. Quite enjoyable. An interesting treatise into one of the most influential rules of monastic life. I was drawn in to how holistic and comprehensive a sacrificial (selfless, charitable) life can be. Counter-intuitive to 21st century Western notions of the elevation of the ...

    This is a classic, of course, and one that I read regularly every fall just as I'm getting ready for school. I like the Benedictine stress on integrating work, learning and prayer, so I identify with much of what is in here, even if I do work in a secular school. The stress on hospital...

    This is at least the fourth time I have read the Holy Rule, still a phenomenal little guide. I love how much emphasis St. Benedict places on time spent reading, and how reading should be a part of everyone's day. Just read this again today (10 Nov 2012) and I am struck by how moder...

    This slim volume is just what it says, a book of rules. Rules for Benedictine monks of the Middle Ages. Which must make it seem an odd choice of reading for a middle-aged housewife of no religious orientation. But, I enjoyed it for it was. ...

    I found interesting so many references to discipline for misbehavior, to the point of banishing the offender from the monastery. I tend to think of monks as being righteous, and most of them were, but this was a reminder that sin exists everywhere. ...

    Some good insights, but monkishness was a bad idea in the first place. ...

    I had to read most of this for class, so I found the rest online and finished it. It was definitely very interesting, and I may as well put it on here. ...

    I'd make a terrible monk. I don't think any of this sounded like fun . And I'm a woman, so... All this to say, this was very insightful and I don't regret reading it the second time through. ...

    I listened to a version of this. ...

    It'd be easy to write off monks or Benedict as one who simply rejected the world (though if we define world via biblical theology or how Paul thought, we probably should reject it too!) and ran off into isolation. I'm sure there's truth in that. But the Rule, taken as an alternative wa...

  • M
    Dec 04, 2016

    If you read this for entertainment you will be sorely disappointed. If you read this as a guide to life, and you are not a monk, you will be sorely disappointed. If you read this with an eye toward how one might live a more calm and disciplined life, adjusting what was written in to Si...

    I've often thought that the monastic order is the high-point of my religion. No power, no ambition, just simple and just service to God and man. Therefore I thought I'd read the beginning of that order. My sympathies are much more in align with the Franciscans then the Benedictions...

    My planned reading of spiritual classics have been quite slow. But here's one that I can recommend. These Rules have greatly influenced monasteries around the world until this day. They begin with some general reflections on piety that all Christians can benefit from - then he goes...

    I don't think I'm going to be joining a nunnery anytime soon. ...

    I purchased this kindle version of the Rule of St. Benedict after reading about this religious text in The Cloister Walk, and wanting to see for myself what was contained in this book that the Benedictines base their lifestyle on. I find the monastic lifestyle facinating, and can hi...

    Las?ju Benedikta likumus, klausoties agr?no viduslaiku v?stures kursu. Neesmu tic?ga, kristiete v?l maz?k, dr?z?k agnosti?is parastais ( vai skdri?a Tipa, kas tic?ja - netic?ja). Pazem?ba, paklaus?ba, sods, T.sk. miesas sods, pa?nolieg?ana - t?s ir kategorijas, pretr...

    It encourages me to grow in the life of faith. The more we have progress in our active faith, the greater we expand in our hearts. The Rule of Saint Benedict says, "When faith makes that progress, the heart is expanded, and is borne along with the indescribable sweetness of love." Lord...

    I mean, there's not a lot of books this old that people are using for guidance to live their daily lives. Everyone gets kitchen duty. Minus one star for the suggestion that if children are out of line, you should beat them, because they won't understand getting excommunicated. I guess ...

    For most of us to read this work is to enter another world. Not only is this written in the 6th century AD but it is written about a kind of experience, the truly monastic life, that few of us will experience, much less understand. So what is the worth of this work? First of all, th...

    One of my favorite things about the Rule of St. Benedict is how kind it is. I think that the popular perception of medieval monks is still filled with hair shirts and flagellation, or, at best, an authoritarian abbot lording over servile monks. Those things aren't made up and they cert...

    Decidí leer La Santa Regla después de leer Tres Monjes Rebeldes; necesitaba entender mejor en qué consistía esta forma de vivir de los monjes. Definitivamente esta lectura ha llenado mis expectativas, pues permite entender con mucho más detalle la vida monástica. Al leer este...

    How do you review a book like this? I mean, there are many nuggets of wisdom throughout that can be beneficial for any reader. But the whole purpose of writing it was to create a rule for monks. Thus, many of the rules on excommunication and daily order of life for monks are more diffi...

    Read for the Great Conversation second semester of freshman year. ...

    Although I?ve read and listened to The Rule of St. Benedict several times since first being introduced to it twelve or so years ago, a monastic retreat given by Abbot Lawrence Stasyszen O.S.B. from St. Gregory's University at the abbey breathed life into the words of this 1500 year ...

    First reading: 2005 (RB 1982) Second reading: 2016 (Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove's contemporary paraphrase) Almost certainly the most significant work ever written on intentional community living. In a world where Utopian visions and good intentions are plentiful, here we have a rule ...

    Primary sources always make for some of the best research materials for a student of the Middle Ages and this is a fine example. Reading the Rule of St. Benedict has offered incredible insight into how medieval monks (at least those who subscribed to this Rule) would have acted or seen...

    Simple. Pious. Quite enjoyable. An interesting treatise into one of the most influential rules of monastic life. I was drawn in to how holistic and comprehensive a sacrificial (selfless, charitable) life can be. Counter-intuitive to 21st century Western notions of the elevation of the ...

    This is a classic, of course, and one that I read regularly every fall just as I'm getting ready for school. I like the Benedictine stress on integrating work, learning and prayer, so I identify with much of what is in here, even if I do work in a secular school. The stress on hospital...

    This is at least the fourth time I have read the Holy Rule, still a phenomenal little guide. I love how much emphasis St. Benedict places on time spent reading, and how reading should be a part of everyone's day. Just read this again today (10 Nov 2012) and I am struck by how moder...

    This slim volume is just what it says, a book of rules. Rules for Benedictine monks of the Middle Ages. Which must make it seem an odd choice of reading for a middle-aged housewife of no religious orientation. But, I enjoyed it for it was. ...

    I found interesting so many references to discipline for misbehavior, to the point of banishing the offender from the monastery. I tend to think of monks as being righteous, and most of them were, but this was a reminder that sin exists everywhere. ...

    Some good insights, but monkishness was a bad idea in the first place. ...

    I had to read most of this for class, so I found the rest online and finished it. It was definitely very interesting, and I may as well put it on here. ...

  • Barry
    Sep 18, 2017

    If you read this for entertainment you will be sorely disappointed. If you read this as a guide to life, and you are not a monk, you will be sorely disappointed. If you read this with an eye toward how one might live a more calm and disciplined life, adjusting what was written in to Si...

    I've often thought that the monastic order is the high-point of my religion. No power, no ambition, just simple and just service to God and man. Therefore I thought I'd read the beginning of that order. My sympathies are much more in align with the Franciscans then the Benedictions...

    My planned reading of spiritual classics have been quite slow. But here's one that I can recommend. These Rules have greatly influenced monasteries around the world until this day. They begin with some general reflections on piety that all Christians can benefit from - then he goes...

    I don't think I'm going to be joining a nunnery anytime soon. ...

    I purchased this kindle version of the Rule of St. Benedict after reading about this religious text in The Cloister Walk, and wanting to see for myself what was contained in this book that the Benedictines base their lifestyle on. I find the monastic lifestyle facinating, and can hi...

    Las?ju Benedikta likumus, klausoties agr?no viduslaiku v?stures kursu. Neesmu tic?ga, kristiete v?l maz?k, dr?z?k agnosti?is parastais ( vai skdri?a Tipa, kas tic?ja - netic?ja). Pazem?ba, paklaus?ba, sods, T.sk. miesas sods, pa?nolieg?ana - t?s ir kategorijas, pretr...

    It encourages me to grow in the life of faith. The more we have progress in our active faith, the greater we expand in our hearts. The Rule of Saint Benedict says, "When faith makes that progress, the heart is expanded, and is borne along with the indescribable sweetness of love." Lord...

    I mean, there's not a lot of books this old that people are using for guidance to live their daily lives. Everyone gets kitchen duty. Minus one star for the suggestion that if children are out of line, you should beat them, because they won't understand getting excommunicated. I guess ...

    For most of us to read this work is to enter another world. Not only is this written in the 6th century AD but it is written about a kind of experience, the truly monastic life, that few of us will experience, much less understand. So what is the worth of this work? First of all, th...

    One of my favorite things about the Rule of St. Benedict is how kind it is. I think that the popular perception of medieval monks is still filled with hair shirts and flagellation, or, at best, an authoritarian abbot lording over servile monks. Those things aren't made up and they cert...

    Decidí leer La Santa Regla después de leer Tres Monjes Rebeldes; necesitaba entender mejor en qué consistía esta forma de vivir de los monjes. Definitivamente esta lectura ha llenado mis expectativas, pues permite entender con mucho más detalle la vida monástica. Al leer este...

    How do you review a book like this? I mean, there are many nuggets of wisdom throughout that can be beneficial for any reader. But the whole purpose of writing it was to create a rule for monks. Thus, many of the rules on excommunication and daily order of life for monks are more diffi...

    Read for the Great Conversation second semester of freshman year. ...

    Although I?ve read and listened to The Rule of St. Benedict several times since first being introduced to it twelve or so years ago, a monastic retreat given by Abbot Lawrence Stasyszen O.S.B. from St. Gregory's University at the abbey breathed life into the words of this 1500 year ...

    First reading: 2005 (RB 1982) Second reading: 2016 (Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove's contemporary paraphrase) Almost certainly the most significant work ever written on intentional community living. In a world where Utopian visions and good intentions are plentiful, here we have a rule ...

    Primary sources always make for some of the best research materials for a student of the Middle Ages and this is a fine example. Reading the Rule of St. Benedict has offered incredible insight into how medieval monks (at least those who subscribed to this Rule) would have acted or seen...

    Simple. Pious. Quite enjoyable. An interesting treatise into one of the most influential rules of monastic life. I was drawn in to how holistic and comprehensive a sacrificial (selfless, charitable) life can be. Counter-intuitive to 21st century Western notions of the elevation of the ...

    This is a classic, of course, and one that I read regularly every fall just as I'm getting ready for school. I like the Benedictine stress on integrating work, learning and prayer, so I identify with much of what is in here, even if I do work in a secular school. The stress on hospital...

    This is at least the fourth time I have read the Holy Rule, still a phenomenal little guide. I love how much emphasis St. Benedict places on time spent reading, and how reading should be a part of everyone's day. Just read this again today (10 Nov 2012) and I am struck by how moder...

    This slim volume is just what it says, a book of rules. Rules for Benedictine monks of the Middle Ages. Which must make it seem an odd choice of reading for a middle-aged housewife of no religious orientation. But, I enjoyed it for it was. ...

    I found interesting so many references to discipline for misbehavior, to the point of banishing the offender from the monastery. I tend to think of monks as being righteous, and most of them were, but this was a reminder that sin exists everywhere. ...

    Some good insights, but monkishness was a bad idea in the first place. ...

    I had to read most of this for class, so I found the rest online and finished it. It was definitely very interesting, and I may as well put it on here. ...

    I'd make a terrible monk. I don't think any of this sounded like fun . And I'm a woman, so... All this to say, this was very insightful and I don't regret reading it the second time through. ...

    I listened to a version of this. ...

    It'd be easy to write off monks or Benedict as one who simply rejected the world (though if we define world via biblical theology or how Paul thought, we probably should reject it too!) and ran off into isolation. I'm sure there's truth in that. But the Rule, taken as an alternative wa...

    The Rule of St. Benedict shouldn't be far from any aspiring Benedictine (or monastic for that matter), both to find strong practices of proper and good monastic living, but also to get a full scope of the early monastic movement (in all of it's mixed beauty.) If I, in my limited experi...

    Since I'm reading "The Benedict Option" I thought I should read his original guide for monastic living. The first third is interesting, but the rest is mundane and wearisome. I largely agree with Justin Taylor's review, which strangely enough appeared on the Gospel Coalition site the ...

  • Ilze LA
    Mar 16, 2017

    If you read this for entertainment you will be sorely disappointed. If you read this as a guide to life, and you are not a monk, you will be sorely disappointed. If you read this with an eye toward how one might live a more calm and disciplined life, adjusting what was written in to Si...

    I've often thought that the monastic order is the high-point of my religion. No power, no ambition, just simple and just service to God and man. Therefore I thought I'd read the beginning of that order. My sympathies are much more in align with the Franciscans then the Benedictions...

    My planned reading of spiritual classics have been quite slow. But here's one that I can recommend. These Rules have greatly influenced monasteries around the world until this day. They begin with some general reflections on piety that all Christians can benefit from - then he goes...

    I don't think I'm going to be joining a nunnery anytime soon. ...

    I purchased this kindle version of the Rule of St. Benedict after reading about this religious text in The Cloister Walk, and wanting to see for myself what was contained in this book that the Benedictines base their lifestyle on. I find the monastic lifestyle facinating, and can hi...

    Las?ju Benedikta likumus, klausoties agr?no viduslaiku v?stures kursu. Neesmu tic?ga, kristiete v?l maz?k, dr?z?k agnosti?is parastais ( vai skdri?a Tipa, kas tic?ja - netic?ja). Pazem?ba, paklaus?ba, sods, T.sk. miesas sods, pa?nolieg?ana - t?s ir kategorijas, pretr...

  • Tabatha
    Aug 13, 2016

    If you read this for entertainment you will be sorely disappointed. If you read this as a guide to life, and you are not a monk, you will be sorely disappointed. If you read this with an eye toward how one might live a more calm and disciplined life, adjusting what was written in to Si...

    I've often thought that the monastic order is the high-point of my religion. No power, no ambition, just simple and just service to God and man. Therefore I thought I'd read the beginning of that order. My sympathies are much more in align with the Franciscans then the Benedictions...

    My planned reading of spiritual classics have been quite slow. But here's one that I can recommend. These Rules have greatly influenced monasteries around the world until this day. They begin with some general reflections on piety that all Christians can benefit from - then he goes...

    I don't think I'm going to be joining a nunnery anytime soon. ...

    I purchased this kindle version of the Rule of St. Benedict after reading about this religious text in The Cloister Walk, and wanting to see for myself what was contained in this book that the Benedictines base their lifestyle on. I find the monastic lifestyle facinating, and can hi...

    Las?ju Benedikta likumus, klausoties agr?no viduslaiku v?stures kursu. Neesmu tic?ga, kristiete v?l maz?k, dr?z?k agnosti?is parastais ( vai skdri?a Tipa, kas tic?ja - netic?ja). Pazem?ba, paklaus?ba, sods, T.sk. miesas sods, pa?nolieg?ana - t?s ir kategorijas, pretr...

    It encourages me to grow in the life of faith. The more we have progress in our active faith, the greater we expand in our hearts. The Rule of Saint Benedict says, "When faith makes that progress, the heart is expanded, and is borne along with the indescribable sweetness of love." Lord...

    I mean, there's not a lot of books this old that people are using for guidance to live their daily lives. Everyone gets kitchen duty. Minus one star for the suggestion that if children are out of line, you should beat them, because they won't understand getting excommunicated. I guess ...

    For most of us to read this work is to enter another world. Not only is this written in the 6th century AD but it is written about a kind of experience, the truly monastic life, that few of us will experience, much less understand. So what is the worth of this work? First of all, th...

    One of my favorite things about the Rule of St. Benedict is how kind it is. I think that the popular perception of medieval monks is still filled with hair shirts and flagellation, or, at best, an authoritarian abbot lording over servile monks. Those things aren't made up and they cert...

    Decidí leer La Santa Regla después de leer Tres Monjes Rebeldes; necesitaba entender mejor en qué consistía esta forma de vivir de los monjes. Definitivamente esta lectura ha llenado mis expectativas, pues permite entender con mucho más detalle la vida monástica. Al leer este...

    How do you review a book like this? I mean, there are many nuggets of wisdom throughout that can be beneficial for any reader. But the whole purpose of writing it was to create a rule for monks. Thus, many of the rules on excommunication and daily order of life for monks are more diffi...

    Read for the Great Conversation second semester of freshman year. ...

    Although I?ve read and listened to The Rule of St. Benedict several times since first being introduced to it twelve or so years ago, a monastic retreat given by Abbot Lawrence Stasyszen O.S.B. from St. Gregory's University at the abbey breathed life into the words of this 1500 year ...

    First reading: 2005 (RB 1982) Second reading: 2016 (Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove's contemporary paraphrase) Almost certainly the most significant work ever written on intentional community living. In a world where Utopian visions and good intentions are plentiful, here we have a rule ...

    Primary sources always make for some of the best research materials for a student of the Middle Ages and this is a fine example. Reading the Rule of St. Benedict has offered incredible insight into how medieval monks (at least those who subscribed to this Rule) would have acted or seen...

    Simple. Pious. Quite enjoyable. An interesting treatise into one of the most influential rules of monastic life. I was drawn in to how holistic and comprehensive a sacrificial (selfless, charitable) life can be. Counter-intuitive to 21st century Western notions of the elevation of the ...

    This is a classic, of course, and one that I read regularly every fall just as I'm getting ready for school. I like the Benedictine stress on integrating work, learning and prayer, so I identify with much of what is in here, even if I do work in a secular school. The stress on hospital...

    This is at least the fourth time I have read the Holy Rule, still a phenomenal little guide. I love how much emphasis St. Benedict places on time spent reading, and how reading should be a part of everyone's day. Just read this again today (10 Nov 2012) and I am struck by how moder...

    This slim volume is just what it says, a book of rules. Rules for Benedictine monks of the Middle Ages. Which must make it seem an odd choice of reading for a middle-aged housewife of no religious orientation. But, I enjoyed it for it was. ...

    I found interesting so many references to discipline for misbehavior, to the point of banishing the offender from the monastery. I tend to think of monks as being righteous, and most of them were, but this was a reminder that sin exists everywhere. ...

    Some good insights, but monkishness was a bad idea in the first place. ...

    I had to read most of this for class, so I found the rest online and finished it. It was definitely very interesting, and I may as well put it on here. ...

    I'd make a terrible monk. I don't think any of this sounded like fun . And I'm a woman, so... All this to say, this was very insightful and I don't regret reading it the second time through. ...

    I listened to a version of this. ...

  • Tyler Dumont
    Jul 12, 2016

    If you read this for entertainment you will be sorely disappointed. If you read this as a guide to life, and you are not a monk, you will be sorely disappointed. If you read this with an eye toward how one might live a more calm and disciplined life, adjusting what was written in to Si...

    I've often thought that the monastic order is the high-point of my religion. No power, no ambition, just simple and just service to God and man. Therefore I thought I'd read the beginning of that order. My sympathies are much more in align with the Franciscans then the Benedictions...

    My planned reading of spiritual classics have been quite slow. But here's one that I can recommend. These Rules have greatly influenced monasteries around the world until this day. They begin with some general reflections on piety that all Christians can benefit from - then he goes...

    I don't think I'm going to be joining a nunnery anytime soon. ...

    I purchased this kindle version of the Rule of St. Benedict after reading about this religious text in The Cloister Walk, and wanting to see for myself what was contained in this book that the Benedictines base their lifestyle on. I find the monastic lifestyle facinating, and can hi...

    Las?ju Benedikta likumus, klausoties agr?no viduslaiku v?stures kursu. Neesmu tic?ga, kristiete v?l maz?k, dr?z?k agnosti?is parastais ( vai skdri?a Tipa, kas tic?ja - netic?ja). Pazem?ba, paklaus?ba, sods, T.sk. miesas sods, pa?nolieg?ana - t?s ir kategorijas, pretr...

    It encourages me to grow in the life of faith. The more we have progress in our active faith, the greater we expand in our hearts. The Rule of Saint Benedict says, "When faith makes that progress, the heart is expanded, and is borne along with the indescribable sweetness of love." Lord...

    I mean, there's not a lot of books this old that people are using for guidance to live their daily lives. Everyone gets kitchen duty. Minus one star for the suggestion that if children are out of line, you should beat them, because they won't understand getting excommunicated. I guess ...

    For most of us to read this work is to enter another world. Not only is this written in the 6th century AD but it is written about a kind of experience, the truly monastic life, that few of us will experience, much less understand. So what is the worth of this work? First of all, th...

    One of my favorite things about the Rule of St. Benedict is how kind it is. I think that the popular perception of medieval monks is still filled with hair shirts and flagellation, or, at best, an authoritarian abbot lording over servile monks. Those things aren't made up and they cert...

    Decidí leer La Santa Regla después de leer Tres Monjes Rebeldes; necesitaba entender mejor en qué consistía esta forma de vivir de los monjes. Definitivamente esta lectura ha llenado mis expectativas, pues permite entender con mucho más detalle la vida monástica. Al leer este...

    How do you review a book like this? I mean, there are many nuggets of wisdom throughout that can be beneficial for any reader. But the whole purpose of writing it was to create a rule for monks. Thus, many of the rules on excommunication and daily order of life for monks are more diffi...

    Read for the Great Conversation second semester of freshman year. ...

    Although I?ve read and listened to The Rule of St. Benedict several times since first being introduced to it twelve or so years ago, a monastic retreat given by Abbot Lawrence Stasyszen O.S.B. from St. Gregory's University at the abbey breathed life into the words of this 1500 year ...

    First reading: 2005 (RB 1982) Second reading: 2016 (Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove's contemporary paraphrase) Almost certainly the most significant work ever written on intentional community living. In a world where Utopian visions and good intentions are plentiful, here we have a rule ...

    Primary sources always make for some of the best research materials for a student of the Middle Ages and this is a fine example. Reading the Rule of St. Benedict has offered incredible insight into how medieval monks (at least those who subscribed to this Rule) would have acted or seen...

    Simple. Pious. Quite enjoyable. An interesting treatise into one of the most influential rules of monastic life. I was drawn in to how holistic and comprehensive a sacrificial (selfless, charitable) life can be. Counter-intuitive to 21st century Western notions of the elevation of the ...

    This is a classic, of course, and one that I read regularly every fall just as I'm getting ready for school. I like the Benedictine stress on integrating work, learning and prayer, so I identify with much of what is in here, even if I do work in a secular school. The stress on hospital...

    This is at least the fourth time I have read the Holy Rule, still a phenomenal little guide. I love how much emphasis St. Benedict places on time spent reading, and how reading should be a part of everyone's day. Just read this again today (10 Nov 2012) and I am struck by how moder...

    This slim volume is just what it says, a book of rules. Rules for Benedictine monks of the Middle Ages. Which must make it seem an odd choice of reading for a middle-aged housewife of no religious orientation. But, I enjoyed it for it was. ...

    I found interesting so many references to discipline for misbehavior, to the point of banishing the offender from the monastery. I tend to think of monks as being righteous, and most of them were, but this was a reminder that sin exists everywhere. ...

    Some good insights, but monkishness was a bad idea in the first place. ...

    I had to read most of this for class, so I found the rest online and finished it. It was definitely very interesting, and I may as well put it on here. ...

    I'd make a terrible monk. I don't think any of this sounded like fun . And I'm a woman, so... All this to say, this was very insightful and I don't regret reading it the second time through. ...

    I listened to a version of this. ...

    It'd be easy to write off monks or Benedict as one who simply rejected the world (though if we define world via biblical theology or how Paul thought, we probably should reject it too!) and ran off into isolation. I'm sure there's truth in that. But the Rule, taken as an alternative wa...

    The Rule of St. Benedict shouldn't be far from any aspiring Benedictine (or monastic for that matter), both to find strong practices of proper and good monastic living, but also to get a full scope of the early monastic movement (in all of it's mixed beauty.) If I, in my limited experi...

  • John Angerer
    Jun 07, 2017

    If you read this for entertainment you will be sorely disappointed. If you read this as a guide to life, and you are not a monk, you will be sorely disappointed. If you read this with an eye toward how one might live a more calm and disciplined life, adjusting what was written in to Si...

    I've often thought that the monastic order is the high-point of my religion. No power, no ambition, just simple and just service to God and man. Therefore I thought I'd read the beginning of that order. My sympathies are much more in align with the Franciscans then the Benedictions...

    My planned reading of spiritual classics have been quite slow. But here's one that I can recommend. These Rules have greatly influenced monasteries around the world until this day. They begin with some general reflections on piety that all Christians can benefit from - then he goes...

    I don't think I'm going to be joining a nunnery anytime soon. ...

    I purchased this kindle version of the Rule of St. Benedict after reading about this religious text in The Cloister Walk, and wanting to see for myself what was contained in this book that the Benedictines base their lifestyle on. I find the monastic lifestyle facinating, and can hi...

    Las?ju Benedikta likumus, klausoties agr?no viduslaiku v?stures kursu. Neesmu tic?ga, kristiete v?l maz?k, dr?z?k agnosti?is parastais ( vai skdri?a Tipa, kas tic?ja - netic?ja). Pazem?ba, paklaus?ba, sods, T.sk. miesas sods, pa?nolieg?ana - t?s ir kategorijas, pretr...

    It encourages me to grow in the life of faith. The more we have progress in our active faith, the greater we expand in our hearts. The Rule of Saint Benedict says, "When faith makes that progress, the heart is expanded, and is borne along with the indescribable sweetness of love." Lord...

    I mean, there's not a lot of books this old that people are using for guidance to live their daily lives. Everyone gets kitchen duty. Minus one star for the suggestion that if children are out of line, you should beat them, because they won't understand getting excommunicated. I guess ...

    For most of us to read this work is to enter another world. Not only is this written in the 6th century AD but it is written about a kind of experience, the truly monastic life, that few of us will experience, much less understand. So what is the worth of this work? First of all, th...

    One of my favorite things about the Rule of St. Benedict is how kind it is. I think that the popular perception of medieval monks is still filled with hair shirts and flagellation, or, at best, an authoritarian abbot lording over servile monks. Those things aren't made up and they cert...

    Decidí leer La Santa Regla después de leer Tres Monjes Rebeldes; necesitaba entender mejor en qué consistía esta forma de vivir de los monjes. Definitivamente esta lectura ha llenado mis expectativas, pues permite entender con mucho más detalle la vida monástica. Al leer este...

    How do you review a book like this? I mean, there are many nuggets of wisdom throughout that can be beneficial for any reader. But the whole purpose of writing it was to create a rule for monks. Thus, many of the rules on excommunication and daily order of life for monks are more diffi...

    Read for the Great Conversation second semester of freshman year. ...

    Although I?ve read and listened to The Rule of St. Benedict several times since first being introduced to it twelve or so years ago, a monastic retreat given by Abbot Lawrence Stasyszen O.S.B. from St. Gregory's University at the abbey breathed life into the words of this 1500 year ...

    First reading: 2005 (RB 1982) Second reading: 2016 (Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove's contemporary paraphrase) Almost certainly the most significant work ever written on intentional community living. In a world where Utopian visions and good intentions are plentiful, here we have a rule ...

    Primary sources always make for some of the best research materials for a student of the Middle Ages and this is a fine example. Reading the Rule of St. Benedict has offered incredible insight into how medieval monks (at least those who subscribed to this Rule) would have acted or seen...

    Simple. Pious. Quite enjoyable. An interesting treatise into one of the most influential rules of monastic life. I was drawn in to how holistic and comprehensive a sacrificial (selfless, charitable) life can be. Counter-intuitive to 21st century Western notions of the elevation of the ...

    This is a classic, of course, and one that I read regularly every fall just as I'm getting ready for school. I like the Benedictine stress on integrating work, learning and prayer, so I identify with much of what is in here, even if I do work in a secular school. The stress on hospital...

    This is at least the fourth time I have read the Holy Rule, still a phenomenal little guide. I love how much emphasis St. Benedict places on time spent reading, and how reading should be a part of everyone's day. Just read this again today (10 Nov 2012) and I am struck by how moder...

    This slim volume is just what it says, a book of rules. Rules for Benedictine monks of the Middle Ages. Which must make it seem an odd choice of reading for a middle-aged housewife of no religious orientation. But, I enjoyed it for it was. ...

    I found interesting so many references to discipline for misbehavior, to the point of banishing the offender from the monastery. I tend to think of monks as being righteous, and most of them were, but this was a reminder that sin exists everywhere. ...

    Some good insights, but monkishness was a bad idea in the first place. ...

    I had to read most of this for class, so I found the rest online and finished it. It was definitely very interesting, and I may as well put it on here. ...

    I'd make a terrible monk. I don't think any of this sounded like fun . And I'm a woman, so... All this to say, this was very insightful and I don't regret reading it the second time through. ...

    I listened to a version of this. ...

    It'd be easy to write off monks or Benedict as one who simply rejected the world (though if we define world via biblical theology or how Paul thought, we probably should reject it too!) and ran off into isolation. I'm sure there's truth in that. But the Rule, taken as an alternative wa...

    The Rule of St. Benedict shouldn't be far from any aspiring Benedictine (or monastic for that matter), both to find strong practices of proper and good monastic living, but also to get a full scope of the early monastic movement (in all of it's mixed beauty.) If I, in my limited experi...

    Since I'm reading "The Benedict Option" I thought I should read his original guide for monastic living. The first third is interesting, but the rest is mundane and wearisome. I largely agree with Justin Taylor's review, which strangely enough appeared on the Gospel Coalition site the ...

    This book is the perfect, simple, well translated rule of st. Benedict. Short of the brief history of how the rule came to pass, it is purely the rule with little explication. I highly recommend this book if you are interested in Benedict's order, rule or monastic life. ...