Saint Benedict, Abbot

July 11 – St. Benedict, Abbot – Benedict’s main achievement is his “Rule”, containing precepts for his monks. It has a unique spirit of balance, moderation and reasonableness (ἐπιείκεια, epieikeia), and this persuaded most religious communities founded throughout the Middle Ages to adopt it. Benedict is often called the founder of western Christian monasticism....

The Discipline of Psalmody

We believe that the divine presence is everywhere and that in every place the eyes of the Lord are watching the good and the wicked (Prov 15: 3). But beyond the least doubt we should believe this to be especially true when we celebrate the divine office. We must always remember, therefore, what the...

The Rule of Saint Benedict

Monday Housekeeping – Daily life at St. Augustine’s House – On this day on which we remember Saint Benedict, it is particularly fitting to ponder his “rule”. Some of it is read every day at “Little Chapter” as we hear, what else? …a chapter from Benedict’s Holy Rule. Read it here: http://www.ccel.org/ccel/benedict/rule