'What is a Benedictine?' There are many ways to answer that question, but none of them is very clear-cut If one starts by studying the lives of all those who use the letters O.S.B. after their names, the result can be bewildering. The lifestyles can range from the strictest withdrawal into solitude and silence, to involvement in bustling schools and parishes.
In this book, Terence approaches the Benedictine Rule by employing a combination of literary-historical analysis of the text with reflection based on practical experience.
'Most books of this type have traditionally relied on the latter, but modern scholarship has enabled us to see some things in the RUle that we never saw before. It is time this research makes its way to the mainstream' - From the Introduction.
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