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« on: November 17, 2011, 08:20:33 PM »

We've added a side-by-side Latin and English edition of the Rule of St. Benedict to Saints' Books.

It is based on the old English edition of 1638, but this edition published in the year of Our Lord 1875.

It's preface notes how 'for our Benedictine Sisters, at whose request and for whose use it is chiefly published, it possesses a charm to which no other can pretend to lay claim.' due to its long historical use. They 'look upon it, therefore, as a kind of heirloom'. . .

The great value of this edition is of course also that it contains the Latin alongside the English.

An excerpt from the work:

What are the Instruments of Good Works.

1. First of all, to love the Lord God with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our strength.
2. Then our neighbour as ourself.
3. Then not to kill.
4. Not to commit adultery.
5. Not to steal.
6. Not to covet.
7. Not to bear false witness.
8. To honour all men.
9. Not to do to another what we would not have done to oruselves.
10. To deny ourselves, in order to follow Christ.
11. To chastise the body.
12. Not to seek after delights.
13. To love fasting.
14. To relieve the poor.
15. To clothe the naked.
16. To visit the sick.
17. To bury the dead.
18. To help those that are in tribulation.
19. To comfort the sad.
20. To withdraw ourselves from worldly ways.
21. To prefer nothing to the love of Christ.
22. Not to give way to anger.
23. Not to harbour revenge in our mind.
24. Not to foster guile or deceit in our heart.
25. Not to make a feigned peace.
26. Not to forsake charity.
27. Not to swear at all, lest we forswear ourselves.
28. To speak the truth with heart and mouth.
29. Not to render evil for evil.
30. Not to do any injury; yea, and patiently to bear an injury done to us.
31. To love our enemies.
32. Not to speak  ill of such as speak ill of us, but rather to speak well of them.

Etc. . .

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