So, Who’s In Charge Here? – Benedict’s Idea of the Servant-Leader

The figure of the abbot or superior in St Benedict’s Rule is one which has its foundations in that other rule which we have mentioned – the Rule of the Master – but it is, at the same time, a radically different figure. There is no hint of the tyrant in Benedict’s leader…

What Kind of Christian Am I – Benedict’s Kinds of Monks

If we ever thought that the Rule which Benedict writes is just for monastics, then, interestingly, Chapter 1 of his Rule should dispel that notion. He calls it “The Kinds of Monks”, but he might well have said “The Kinds of Disciples”, or indeed “The Kinds of Christians”. Wrapped up…

Setting Out Your Stall – St Benedict’s Prologue

The Prologue, or introduction, which begins the text is not in fact, according to the author, part of the Rule itself – that begins formally with Chapter 1. But it nonetheless forms a weighty, and comparatively lengthy, foreword, which cannot be skipped. Benedict lays out for us his fundamental notion of…