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The Rule of Benedict


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St.Benedict, (edited by Carolinne White)

Saint Benedict of Nursia (c. 480 AD - 543 AD) founded twelve monasteries, the best known of which was his first monastery at Monte Cassino in Italy. Benedict wrote a set of rules governing his monks, the Rule of Saint Benedict, one of the more influential documents in Western Civilization. Benedict was canonized a saint in 1220.

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Cally Hammond: Loved more by others than by me; but I have read it and recognize its power and wisdom. The guidance for common living is truly precious.

Jenny Monds: The Rule of St Benedict has been so influential, and still provides a guide for living a Christian life. It is one of the bestselling books at Sarum College Bookshop.

Mark Oakley: Benedict’s invitation to a holy and humane balance in our Christian discipleship is equally as realistic about human beings as about God.

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