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January 20, May 21, September 20

Chapter 4: What Are the Instruments of Good Works

  1. To fear the Day of Judgment.
  2. To be in dread of hell.
  3. To desire eternal life with all the passion of the spirit.
  4. To keep death daily before one's eyes.
  5. To keep constant guard over the actions of one's life.
  6. To know for certain that God sees one everywhere.
  7. When evil thoughts come into one's heart, to dash them against Christ immediately.
  8. And to manifest them to one's spiritual mother.
  9. To guard one's tongue against evil and depraved speech.
  10. Not to love much talking.
  11. Not to speak useless words or words that move to laughter.
  12. Not to love much or boisterous laughter.
  13. To listen willingly to holy reading.
  14. To devote oneself frequently to prayer.
  15. Daily in one's prayers, with tears and sighs, to confess one's past sins to God, and to amend them for the future.
  16. Not to fulfill the desires of the flesh; to hate one's own will.
  17. To obey in all things the commands of the Abbess, even though she herself (which God forbid) should act otherwise, mindful of the Lord's precept, "Do what they say, but not what they do."
  18. Not to wish to be called holy before one is holy; but first to be holy, that one may be truly so called.

 

Selections above from Saint Benedict's Rule for Monasteries, translated from the Latin by Leonard J. Doyle OblSB, of Saint John's Abbey, (© Copyright 1948, 2001, by the Order of Saint Benedict, Collegeville, MN 56321). Adapted for use here with the division into sense lines of the first edition that was republished in 2001 to mark the 75th anniversary of Liturgical Press. Doyle's translation is available in both hardcover and paperback editions.

Benedict's Rule: A Translation and Commentary by Terrence G. Kardong, O.S.B. is the first line-by-line exegesis of the entire Rule of Benedict written originally in English. This full commentary -- predominately literary and historical criticism -- is based on and includes a Latin text of Regula Benedicti (Liturgical Press). Hardcover, 664 pp., 6 x 9, ISBN 0-8146-2325-5, $59.95.

RB 1980 in Latin and English with Notes is a modern, scholarly translation ed. by Timothy Fry, OSB (Liturgical Press, 1981), 672 p., $39.95. The translation by itself is also available in paperback, $2.95.
 


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