The Rule of St. Benedict

Read June 1996.

A stern generosity runs through it.

The rhythms of monastic life, the hours, the office, the psalms, the seasons, work and prayer.

Error and sin are held to strict account, but then that strictness is set aside and a very human and tangible mercy is insisted upon.

The abbot stands in Christ’s place very tangibly.

The monks are to take great care not to hurt or offend each other.

In the morning they are to encourage each other, “For the sleepy make many excuses.”


  1. Jonathan Webb says

    I repent of my turkey joke. Thank you for your prayers.

  2. The Ironic Catholic says

    So who's the abbot of Korrektiv?

  3. IC,

    The most ancient one among us, of course!


  4. Matthew Lickona says

    I'm pretty sure it's Rufus, despite his time in prison. I make too many excuses, and am far too sleepy.

  5. Rufus McCain says

    We're a Kierkegaardian house, though. That's not quite the same Rule as Benedict's.

  6. Matthew Lickona says

    Oh, it's an order now, is it?

  7. Rufus McCain says

    Official approval is pending.

  8. Southern Expat says

    Can we be discalced? Or would that be too great a hardship for those of you in the Pacific Northwest?

  9. Matthew Lickona says

    No, it'd be good for them. But how about we compromise and wear slippers? That's how I live already.

  10. The Ironic Catholic says

    Does the Kierkegaardian third order get to be aesthetes?

  11. Matthew Lickona says

    Get to be? I'm pretty sure it's required. Drunkenness is, however, optional.

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