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The Rule of Benedict: Insights for the Ages (Crossroad Spiritual Legacy) [Paperback]

Sister Joan D. Chittister
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Table of Contents

Foreword
By John Farina
Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Rule of Benedict: Insights for the Ages
Prologue
1. The Kinds of Monastics
2. Qualities of the Abbot or Prioress
3. Summoning the Community for Counsel
4. The Tools for Good Works
5. Obedience
6. Restraint of Speech
7. Humility
8. The Divine Office at Night
9. The Number of Psalms at the Night Office
10. The Arrangement of the Night Office in Summer
11. The Celebration of Vigils on Sunday
12. The Celebration of the Solemnity of Lauds
13. The Celebration of Lauds on Ordinary Days
14. The Celebration of Vigils on the Anniversaries of Saints
15. The Times for Saying Alleluia
16. The Celebration of the Divine Office during the Day
17. The Number of Psalms to Be Sung at These Hours
18. The Order of the Psalmody
19. The Discipline of Psalmody
20. Reverence in Prayer
21. The Deans of the Monastery
22. The Sleeping Arrangements of Monastics
23. Excommunication for Faults
24. Degrees of Excommunication
25. Serious Faults
26. Unauthorized Association with the Excommunicated
27. The Concern of the Abbot and Prioress for the Excommunicated
28. Those Who Refuse to Amend after Frequent Reproofs
29. Readmission of Members Who Leave the Monastery
30. The Manner of Reproving the Young
31. Qualifications of the Monastery Cellarer
32. The Tools and Goods of the Monastery
33. Monastics and Private Ownership
34. Distribution of Goods according to Need
35. Kitchen Servers of the Week
36. The Sick
37. The Elderly and the Young
38. The Reader for the Week
39. The Proper Amount of Food
40. The Proper Amount of Drink
41. The Times for Meals
42. Silence after Compline
43. Tardiness at the Opus Dei or at Table
44. Satisfaction by the Excommunicated
45. Mistakes in the Oratory
46. Faults Committed in Other Matters
47. Announcing the Hours for the Opus Dei
48. The Daily Manual Labor
49. The Observance of Lent
50. Members Working at a Distance or Traveling
51. Members on a Short Journey
52. The Oratory of the Monastery
53. The Reception of Guests
54. Letters or Gifts
55. Clothing and Footwear
56. The Prioress's or Abbot's Table
57. The Artisans of the Monastery
58. The Procedure for Receiving Members
59. The Offering of Children by Nobles or by the Poor
60. The Admission of Priests to the Monastery
61. The Reception of Visiting Monastics
62. The Priests of the Monastery
63. Community Rank
64. The Election of a Prioress or Abbot
65. The Prior and Subprioress of the Monastery
66. The Porter of the Monastery
67. Members Sent on a Journey
68. Assignment of Impossible Tasks
69. The Presumption of Defending Another in the Monastery
70. The Presumption of Striking Another Monastic at Will
71. Mutual Obedience
72. The Good Zeal of Monastics
73. This Rule Only a Beginning of Perfection

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