Composed nearly fifteen hundred years ago by the father of Western monasticism, The Rule of St. Benedict has for centuries been the guide of religious communities. St. Benedict's rules of obedience, humility, and contemplation are not only prerequisites for formal religious societies, they also provide an invaluable model for anyone desiring to live more simply. While they presuppose a certain detachment from the world, they provide guidance and inspiration for anyone seeking peace and fulfillment in their home and work communities. As prepared by the Benedictine monk and priest Timothy Fry, this translation of The Rule of St. Benedict can be a life-transforming book. With a new Preface by Thomas Moore, author of The Care of the Soul.
"God is our home but many of us have strayed from our native land. The venerable authors of these Spiritual Classics are expert guidesmay we follow their directions home."
Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Here Vintage uses Benedict's treatise on the monastic life to launch its new "Spiritual Classics" series. Written roughly around A.D. 400, Benedict's Rule has been the handbook of the Benedictines, Cistercians, and many other monastic orders throughout the world. For all religion collections.