The Rule of Benedict for Beginners: Spirituality for Daily Life

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Liturgical Press, 2003 - Religion - 90 pages
Benedictine spirituality is simple and down to earth. Not only does the Benedictine lifestyle fit well within the walls of the monastery, its interpretation of life is also suitable to other forms of society. In The Rule of Benedict for Beginners, Wil Derkse reveals how elements from Benedictine spirituality and the Benedictine lifestyle may be fruitful outside the monastery to strengthen the quality of societal living and working. The Rule of Benedict for Beginners is a useful source of life orientation and lifestyle for those interested in living by the Rule. It applies the monastic vows to life within organizations and examines the valuable elements of Benedictine leadership and Benedictine time management. Chapter one sketches Derkse?s own acquaintance with the Benedictine lifestyle. Chapter two examines the basic patterns of Benedictine spirituality in order to translate these patterns into nonmonastic contexts. Inspired leadership, listening decision-making, fruitfully prospering human resources, and sensible time management are themes discussed in the remaining chapters. Chapters in Part I: A First Acquaintance with Benedictine Spirituality are ?A Lesson from the Imagery of Hildegard?s Abbey in Eibingen,? ?What I Learned Through My Own Acquaintance with Benedictine Life,? and ?Growing Toward the Oblature.? Chapters in Part II: Basic Patterns of Benedictine Spirituality and First Translation to Nonmonastic Contexts are ?The Benedictine Way of Life: Listening Attentively to Gain Results,? ?The Benedictine Vows: Directed Toward Growth and Liberation,? and ?Additional Aspects of the Benedictine Art of Listening.? Chapters in Part III: Benedictine Leadership: Stimulating People Toward Growth are ?Leadership Demands a Special Talent for Listening,? ?The Person of the Abbot,? and ?The Person of the Cellarer: ?A Man For All Seasons.?? Chapters in Part IV: Benedictine Time Management: A Full Agenda, But Never Busy are ?Living a Wholesome Rhythm,? and ??Bearing Fruit in Season.???There is great wisdom for all in this little book summed up in encouragement ?to build moments of being monachus? into the rhythm of the day . . . moments of silence . . . to refuel spirituality.? All may become a sacrament of the present moment, providing ?glow-power? for a society seeking enlightenment.? The American Benedictine Review?Professor Derkse?s little book is a worthwhile read for any person striving to put into practice the characteristically Benedictine principles of simplicity and integration as a means to live a more satisfying life?a life that is fruitful because it is meaningful.? Pastoral Music

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While this book obviously has a role as a guide for Catholics wanting to develop a Benedictine spirituality in their life, there is a tremendous amount here that would be useful for anyone looking for ... Read full review

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I just purchased this book and find it wonderful. As an oblate myself of St. Meinrad Archabbey, I find the information concerning The Rule edifying and helpful. Mr. Derkse did a wonderful job in helping us who are just beginning as novices to understand the rule, and to apply it to our everyday lives. A great and helpful book on Benedictine spirituality.  


A First Acquaintance with
Basic Patterns of Benedictine Spirituality
Stimulating People toward Growth

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Wil Derkse is married and a father of two adult daughters. He is an oblate with the Benedictine St. Willibrord's Abbey in Doetinchem, The Netherlands. He has degrees in chemistry and philosophy and has taught at several institutions of secondary and higher education. Since 2001 he is a director responsible for the Soeterbeeck Program for Science, Society, and Worldviews at the Radboud University of Nijmegen, where he also holds the Andreas van Melsen Chair.

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