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Seeking God: The Way of St Benedict: The Way of St.Benedict [Kindle Edition]

Esther de Waal
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St Benedict wrote his Rule, a detailed book of instructions for monastic living, in the early 6th century, and thousands of Benedictine monks and nuns lead lives based on it to this day. In this book Esther de Waal gives a concise introduction to St Benedict’s Rule aimed at modern lay people. The monastic life that St Benedict envisaged is not one of great asceticism: rather work, prayer, and study are to be held in balance, and all of them are to be done to the glory of God. (He memorably urges monks to treat kitchen utensils with the same respect as the altar vessels). St Benedict’s understanding of the difficulties of communal living and his compassionate view of human frailty are both wise and practical, and often sound disarmingly modern. Whilst most of the specific prescriptions of the Rule are of little relevance to present day lay people, the spirit of it undoubtedly is. For those wishing to know more about it this is an excellent place to start.

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ESTHER DE WAAL enjoys a worldwide reputation as a writer, speaker and retreat leader in the areas of monastic spirituality (especially Benedictine) and Celtic spirituality. Her books have been translated into numerous languages and include the classic Seeking God which has been in print for over 25 years. She lives near Hereford.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 473 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Canterbury Press (5 Sep 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005LBBFXY
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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St Benedict wrote his Rule, a detailed book of instructions for monastic living, in the early 6th century, and thousands of Benedictine monks and nuns lead lives based on it to this day. In this book Esther de Waal gives a concise introduction to St Benedict’s Rule aimed at modern lay people. The monastic life that St Benedict envisaged is not one of great asceticism: rather work, prayer, and study are to be held in balance, and all of them are to be done to the glory of God. (He memorably urges monks to treat kitchen utensils with the same respect as the altar vessels). St Benedict’s understanding of the difficulties of communal living and his compassionate view of human frailty are both wise and practical, and often sound disarmingly modern. Whilst most of the specific prescriptions of the Rule are of little relevance to present day lay people, the spirit of it undoubtedly is. For those wishing to know more about it this is an excellent place to start.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Prejudices overcome 27 Aug 2012
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I went into this book a little sceptical, and perhaps rather prejudiced in several ways. What could an Anglican teach me about the way of St. Benedict? A lay Anglican at that. And it gets worse - a lay Anglican woman and mother! Goodness, how far away from the cloistered environment of monks can one get?

Needless to say I learned a lot, and was given much to think about.

I'll just comment on two aspects that inspired most thought in me, and they were the themes of `balance' and `detachment from material things'.

On balance, Esther brought out the balance of the life of monks - about 4 hours of communal worship per day, 4 hours of personal study and/or meditation and 6 hours of manual work. I was struck afresh by the balance of work and worship/prayer in the life of the Benedictines. Manual work is seen as much a way to God as prayer and worship - the kitchen and garden utensils, Benedict teaches, are to treated with the same care as the chalice used in mass. Sacramental living reaches out from the quire and into everyday living. Our lives are physical and spiritual together. I was also struck by the balance between communal worship (the liturgy of hours and mass) and personal prayer and study - the Benedictine way makes time for both shared worship of God and time of personal reflection.

On `detachment from material things' the monks do not take a vow of poverty. The Abbot is responsible for ensuring each monk can live without discomfort - they have good clothes (shown by the fact that they were given to the poor when the monk has new clothes), good food (a choice of two dishes so the monk can find something he likes), some wine (though Benedict says it is better to do without if a monk can) and a reasonable place to sleep.
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5.0 out of 5 stars St Benedict for Lay People 12 Jan 2012
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This is an excellent little book for those who are aleady familiar with the Rule of St Benedict but wish to apply it to life outside the cloister. It gives simple examples on how to apply the Benedictine vows of Stability, Obedience and Conversion of life to everyday life both in the home and at work. I recommend for anyone for anyone who is a oblate of St Benedict or a member of a lay community
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book 25 Mar 2010
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I enjoyed this book,it is very well written and easy to read. However, I was hoping for a bit more information about the Rule of Saint Benedict within the book. Probably best to actually read the Rule first and then this book as a bit of insight into the Rule.
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