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Tables of Contents for St. Benedict's Rule
Chapter/Section Title
Page #
Page Count
Preface to this translation Prologue to the Rule
Four approaches to monastic life
5
2
Gifts needed by an abbot or abbess
7
4
Calling the community together for consultation
11
2
Guidelines for Christian and monastic good practice
13
3
Monastic obedience
16
3
Cherishing silence in the monastery
19
1
The value of humility
20
8
Our approach to prayer
28
1
The ideal of true reverence in prayer
29
1
The deans of the monastery
30
1
Sleeping arrangements for the community
31
1
Faults which deserve excommunication
32
1
Different degrees of severity in punishment
32
1
Punishment for more serious faults
33
1
Unlawful association with the excommunicated
34
1
The superior's care for the excommunicated
34
1
The treatment of those who relapse
35
1
The readmission of any who leave the monastery
36
1
The correction of young children
37
1
The qualities required by the cellarer
37
2
The tools and property of the monastery
39
1
Personal possessions in the monastery
40
1
Fair provision for the needs of all
41
1
Weekly servers in the kitchen and a table
42
2
The care of the sick in the monastery
44
1
Care for the elderly and the young
45
1
The weekly reader
45
2
The amount of food to be made available
47
1
The proper amount of drink to be provided
48
1
The times for community meals
49
1
The great silence after Compline
50
1
Late-comers for the work of God or in the refectory
51
2
The reconciliation of those exocommunicated
53
1
Mistakes in the oratory
54
1
Faults committed elsewhere
55
1
Signalling the times for the work of God
56
1
Daily manual labour
57
3
How Lent should be observed in the monastery
60
1
Those whose work takes them away from the monastery
61
1
Those on local errands or work
61
1
The oratory of the monastery
62
1
The reception of guests
62
3
The reception of letters and gifts in the monastery
65
1
Clothing and footwear for the community
65
2
The table for the superior and community guests
67
1
Members of the community with creative gifts
68
1
The reception of candidates for the community
69
3
Children offered by nobles or by the poor
72
1
The admission of priests into the monastery
73
1
Monastic pilgrims from far away
74
1
The priests of the monastery
75
2
Community order
77
2
The election of an abbot or abbess
79
2
The prior or prioress of the monastery
81
2
The porter or portress of the monastery
83
1
Those who are sent on a journey
84
1
The response to orders that seem impossible
85
1
No one should act as advocate for another
85
1
The offence of striking another
86
1
Mutual obedience in the monastery
87
1
The good spirit which should inspire monastic life
88
1
This Rule is only a beginning
89
2
Appendix
91
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