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Practicing Benedict

{Practicing Benedict} Do not disappoint me…

"When the decision is made that novices are to be accepted, then they come before the whole community in the oratory to make solemn promise of stability, fidelity to monastic life and obedience ... Novices must record their promises in a document ... Each must write the document in his or her own hand or, if unable to ...

{Practicing Benedict} When new clothing is issued

"When new clothing is issued, the old should be immediately returned to be put in store for distribution to the poor. Two tunics and two cowls should be enough for each member of the community to provide for night-wear and for laundering. Anything more than that would be excessive and this must be avoided... There is one ...

{Practicing Benedict} Receiving Guests, Receiving Christ

"Any guest who happens to arrive at the monastery should be received as we would receive Christ himself, because he promised that on the last day he will say: I was a stranger and you welcomed me... As soon as the arrival of a guest is announced, the superior and members of the community should hurry to offer a welcome with ...

{Practicing Benedict} A post about monks and errands and eating

"Any who are sent on an errand which will allow them to return to the monastery on the same day must not eat outside, in spite of pressing invitations whatever their source, unless the superior has approved this.." (The Rule of St. Benedict, Chapter 51) Oh, the errands! There are the errands and the falling asleep babies and ...

{Practicing Benedict} Work and Prayer and Rest

"Idleness is the enemy of the soul. Therefore all the community must be occupied at definite times in manual labour and at other times in lectio divina." (The Rule of St. Benedict, Chapter 48) One of the things that makes St. Benedict's Rule so significant in the canon of ancient Christian writings, is that he had an unusual ...

{Practicing Benedict} How Lent should be observed in the monastery

"There can be no doubt that monastic life should always have a Lenten character about it, but there are not many today who have the strength for that. Therefore we urge that all in the monastery during these holy days of Lent should look carefully at the integrity of their lives and get rid in this holy season of any ...

{Practicing Benedict} The work of God

"When the time comes for one of the divine offices to begin, as soon as the signal is heard, everyone must set aside whatever they may have in hand and hurry as fast as possible to the oratory, but of course they should do so in a dignified way which avoids giving rise to any boisterous behaviours. The essential point is ...