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The Rule of Benedict


January 19, May 20, September 19

Chapter 4: What Are the Instruments of Good Works

  1. Not to give way to anger.
  2. Not to nurse a grudge.
  3. Not to entertain deceit in one's heart.
  4. Not to give a false peace.
  5. Not to forsake charity.
  6. Not to swear, for fear of perjuring oneself.
  7. To utter truth from heart and mouth.
  8. Not to return evil for evil.
  9. To do no wrong to anyone, and to bear patiently wrongs done to oneself.
  10. To love one's enemies.
  11. Not to curse those who curse us, but rather to bless them.
  12. To bear persecution for justice' sake.
  13. Not to be proud.
  14. Not addicted to wine.
  15. Not a great eater.
  16. Not drowsy.
  17. Not lazy.
  18. Not a grumbler.
  19. Not a detractor.
  20. To put one's hope in God.
  21. To attribute to God, and not to self, whatever good one sees in oneself.
  22. But to recognize always that the evil is one's own doing, and to impute it to oneself.


Selections above from Saint Benedict's Rule for Monasteries, translated from the Latin by Leonard J. Doyle OblSB, of Saint John's Abbey, (© Copyright 1948, 2001, by the Order of Saint Benedict, Collegeville, MN 56321). Adapted for use here with the division into sense lines of the first edition that was republished in 2001 to mark the 75th anniversary of Liturgical Press. Doyle's translation is available in both hardcover and paperback editions.

Benedict's Rule: A Translation and Commentary by Terrence G. Kardong, O.S.B. is the first line-by-line exegesis of the entire Rule of Benedict written originally in English. This full commentary -- predominately literary and historical criticism -- is based on and includes a Latin text of Regula Benedicti (Liturgical Press). Hardcover, 664 pp., 6 x 9, ISBN 0-8146-2325-5, $59.95.

RB 1980 in Latin and English with Notes is a modern, scholarly translation ed. by Timothy Fry, OSB (Liturgical Press, 1981), 672 p., $39.95. The translation by itself is also available in paperback, $2.95.

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