Ampleforth Abbey

14 December 2017

Reflections on the Rule

St Benedict handing on the Rule to his disciples
When St Benedict wrote his Rule for Monasteries over 1,500 years ago, he was very well aware that the framework he was laying down would need to be adapted to particular times and contexts if the advice he was giving to his disciples was to be as fruitful as possible for them. As monks, we are continually challenged to engage with the text of the Rule, to see how the many different aspects of monastic tradition apply to our own journey to Christ in the course of our lives. On this page, you can find some reflections of members of the Ampleforth community on chapters and themes drawn from the Rule of St Benedict.

     Prologue 1-3: Listening (Fr Kentigern Hagan OSB)

     Chapter 6: On restraint of speech (Abbot Patrick Barry OSB)

     Chapter 7: Humility (Abbot Patrick Barry OSB)

     Chapter 31: The Cellarer of the Monastery (Fr Wulstan
     Peterburs OSB)

     Chapter 36: The care of the sick (Fr Geoffrey Lynch OSB)

Chapter 54: Whether a monk should receive letters or gifts and Chapter 55: The clothing and footwear of the brethren (Abbot Cuthbert Madden OSB)