The Rule of Benedict

Reflections From Christian Meditators

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This blog is by and for Christian Meditators who are interested in exploring the Rule of St. Benedict. It has been created by the Meditatio House community of The World Community for Christian Meditation (WCCM). Meditatio House is a contemplative house and outreach of the WCCM. It is located in London, England.

Anyone new to, or interested in, Christian meditation are warmly welcomed to read and be a part of this blog.

All who are drawn to the Benedictine spirit, and all who practice Christianity in this spirit, are also warmly welcomed.

Meditatio House uses the Rule of St. Benedict as a guide for its community life. The house is also a place where meditators exploring Benedictine Oblation to the WCCM can come and experience Christian community and communal meditation.

The Rule of Benedict is a wisdom document for anyone who is interested in how the dynamics of group and community can serve in the growth of love. It was written over 1500 years ago by St. Benedict of Nursia (480-547). The Rule went on to become the foundation document for Western Monasticism.

Benedict was troubled by the social and spiritual effects of the implosion of the Roman Empire in his time. In response he left his studies and life in Rome, leaving for the seclusion of Subiaco (southeast of Rome). In time he was discovered by others and asked by them to guide them. After some time (and, according to legend, an attempt on his life by ‘lukewarm’ monks), Benedict moved to Monte Cassino. The monastery he founded at Monte Cassino is still in use today. Legend has it that he founded twelve monasteries during his lifetime. His Rule (guide) was an attempt to formalise a way of life for these monasteries, a life of compassion and discipline – a school of love.

Each weekday morning at Meditatio House we reflect on a part of the Rule and share in a discussion. The posts on this blog are the fruit of this reflection and discussion. The posts appearing may not follow the chapter order of the Rule faithfully. However, in time, we hope to have all 73 chapters covered.

Please add to the fruit of our reflection, your own reflection and comments. If you would prefer to email reflections and comments, we can be contacted via meditationews@gmail.com.

Andrew

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