Around The Monastic Table


It is said that the heart of the home is the kitchen table, and the same is true of the monastic home. Saint Benedict devoted ten chapters to the monastic table and to providing and serving food as well as necessities; inserted in the middle are chapters on the sick, the aged, and children. That arrangement makes it clear that the table is about care, not just discipline. Sister Aquinata Bockmann offers a thorough study of these core chapters in Benedict’s Rule. Drawing on scholarship and personal experience of the monastic table, she demonstrates in this commentary the relationship between Benedict’s Rule and other rules, including those of Basil, Augustine, and the Rule of the Master. More than discipline, what comes through here is the focus on care for weaker members, practicality about work schedules and demands, and the overall desire to meet the needs of the brothers and sisters sharing life together.

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SKU (ISBN): 9780814618745
Aquinata Bockmann
Binding: Trade Paper
Published: 2009
Publisher: Liturgical Press

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