The Rule of Benedict: A Spirituality for the 21st Century

The Rule of Benedict: A Spirituality for the 21st Century

Paperback Spiritual Legacy Series

By (author) Osb Sister Joan Chittister

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  • Publisher: Crossroad Publishing Co ,U.S.
  • Format: Paperback | 305 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 208mm x 20mm | 431g
  • Publication date: 19 October 2010
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0824525949
  • ISBN 13: 9780824525941
  • Edition statement: Reissue
  • Illustrations note: colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 71,944

Product description

This new edition of a classic religious text combines the timeless wisdom of Benedict of Nursia's Rule with the perceptive commentary of a renowned Benedictine mystic and scholar. In her new introduction to the Rule, the author boldly claims that Benedict's sixth-century text is the only one of great traditions that directly touches the contemporary issues facing the human community--stewardship, conversion, communication, reflection, contemplation, humility, and equality. Tracing Benedict's original Rule paragraph by paragraph, it expands its principles into the larger context of spiritual living in a secular world and makes the seemingly archaic instructions relevant for a contemporary audience. A new foreword, updated content, an appendix, and a recommended calendar for reading the entries and commentaries make this an invaluable resource for solitary or communal contemplation.

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Author information

Joan Chittister is the executive director of the company Benetvision, which serves as a resource and research center for contemporary spirituality; a member of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie; and a former past president of the Conference of American Benedictine Prioresses and the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. She writes "From Where I Stand," a weekly column in the National Catholic Reporter, and is the author of many books, including "The Friendship of Women," "The Gift of Years," "In Search of Belief," "In the Heart of the Temple," and "Wisdom Distilled from the Daily." She lives in Erie, Pennsylvania.

Review quote

"By offering informed commentary that links St. Benedict's Rule with contemporary questions, Sr. Joan suceeds in her task of making 'an ancient document accessible to a modern reading public.'" --"New Oxford Review"