Offered by The Rev. Marilyn Omernick, assisting priest at COS and Benedictine oblate.
Listen carefully, my child, to my instructions, and attend to them with the ear of your heart. (Rule of St. Benedict (RB), Prologue, v1)
Whoever you are, if you wish to follow the path to God, make use of this little rule for beginners. (RB, ch. 73, v 8)
Sr. Joan Chittister, O.S.B., describes the Rule of St. Benedict as “a spirituality for the 21st century”. What are some ways that this 1500 year-old monastic rule might speak to our contemporary setting? This two-part forum highlights themes of the Benedictine way.
Benedict (c. 480-c. 547) was born in Umbria, Italy, and educated at Rome. He left the degenerate city life and withdrew to the country. There he lived as a hermit at Subiaco. Gradually a community grew up around him. Between 525 and 530 he moved with some of disciples to Monte Cassino, where he composed his Rule about 540. He is commemorated in the Episcopal calendar on July 11.(from TEC website)