The Rule

Saint Benedict and his monks settled on the mount of Cassinum (the current Monte Cassino in Italy). Here, using his own life-experience and the teachings of the monk fathers, Benedict wrote his Rule, a set of regulations for the monks living in community.
The Rule provides spiritual foundings and describes the framework of monastic life. It consists of a Prologue and 73 chapters.
The monks following Benedict's Rule wish to live a radical Christian life under their abbot's guidance by accepting the admonitions of the Gospel. Keeping a docile heart, obedience, desire for a simple life and chastity help them to achieve their goal. Their frame of life is based upon the liturgy (common prayer), lectio divina (spiritual reading) and labour.


The Rule in Hungarian: regula_magyar.pdf (285.64 kB), in Latin (html).

 

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