The Rule of St. Benedict

 

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Statue of St. Benedict

Renewal in the Church often comes about by returning to the sources of faith and spirituality. The Vatican II document on religious life, Perfectae Caritatis, urged religious to return to the sources to find new life and vitality. For Benedictines, the primary source, after the Sacred Scriptures, is the Rule of St. Benedict, a document which for us, is a gift of the Holy Spirit. In it, St. Benedict reveals himself as a wise guide who understands all the ways of the human heart. In the Rule, he provides a sound and balanced way of life for his disciples, a “school of the Lord’s service”.