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.