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Offline Alpo

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Benedictine and Augustinian spirituality
« on: December 18, 2010, 08:54:17 AM »
For me it seems that different Catholic religious orders have born to cultivate some specific form of piety or spiritual life. For example Dominicans' idea is to preach and Fransiscans' idea is to cultivate poverty in a radical way. Am I correct? If so, what kind is Benedictine and Augustinian spirituality?
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Re: Benedictine and Augustinian spirituality
« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2010, 06:24:18 PM »
Benedictine Spirituality is "ora et labora" prayer and work
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Re: Benedictine and Augustinian spirituality
« Reply #2 on: December 20, 2010, 01:23:52 PM »
The main monastic rules of the Catholic Church are the Basilian, Benedictine, Augustinian and Franciscan. The orders of the Roman Catholic Church follow one of these four rules or a variation.mix of them. The Dominicans are placed in the Augustinian family.
In terms of spirituality, there is only one Catholic spirituality but there are different manifestations/intrepretations of spiritual life within Christ. I would like to reaffirm that there is only one Catholic spirituality for all. The message of Christ has different ramifications for the laity, for the worker, for the politician, for the priest, for the bishop but there is only one spiritual way, the way of Christ.

The Franciscans' love of poverty or the Dominicans love of preaching are more like specializations in the field of Christian life than different ways of spiritual life. Each Christian is called to be poor in spirit, to preach the Gospel, to care for the sick, to teach Christian doctrine.

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Re: Benedictine and Augustinian spirituality
« Reply #3 on: December 20, 2010, 03:32:58 PM »
The main monastic rules of the Catholic Church are the Basilian, Benedictine, Augustinian and Franciscan. The orders of the Roman Catholic Church follow one of these four rules or a variation.mix of them. The Dominicans are placed in the Augustinian family.
In terms of spirituality, there is only one Catholic spirituality but there are different manifestations/intrepretations of spiritual life within Christ. I would like to reaffirm that there is only one Catholic spirituality for all. The message of Christ has different ramifications for the laity, for the worker, for the politician, for the priest, for the bishop but there is only one spiritual way, the way of Christ.

The Franciscans' love of poverty or the Dominicans love of preaching are more like specializations in the field of Christian life than different ways of spiritual life. Each Christian is called to be poor in spirit, to preach the Gospel, to care for the sick, to teach Christian doctrine.


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Re: Benedictine and Augustinian spirituality
« Reply #4 on: February 10, 2011, 08:39:19 AM »
To what degree are these rules followed today?

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Re: Benedictine and Augustinian spirituality
« Reply #5 on: February 10, 2011, 11:06:22 AM »
To what degree are these rules followed today?

Those rules are kept to this day, although each monastery/abbey has its own interpretation of the original Rule of s.Benedict which is the basis of those rules ellicited in that article. All these rules are done according to the law of charity. If any of these rules causes the monk to go against fraternal charity, he must accept the more charitable solution.
This below is a link to the rule of s.Benedict:
http://www.osb.org/rb/text/toc.html#toc
The rule is kept today in the same manner as it was in the time of s.Benedict.
One rule I like in the rule is that a poor man should treated twice as well in the monastery as a rich man, whom everyone respects.

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Re: Benedictine and Augustinian spirituality
« Reply #6 on: February 10, 2011, 09:26:50 PM »
Thanks :)