The Holy Rule of Saint Benedict

Intoduction

"The man of God, Benedict, among the many wonderful works that made him famous in this world, was also conspicuous for his teaching: for he wrote a Rule for monks, remarkable for discretion and rich in instruction. If anyone desires to know more deeply the life and character of the man, he may find in the ordinances of the Rule the exact image of his whole government: for the holy man cannot possibly have taught otherwise than as he lived."

                                                             - Pope Saint Gregory the Great

 

The 1949 edition found here was translated by the Reverend Father Boniface Verheyen, OSB, a monk of Saint Benedict's Abbey, Atchison, Kansas, USA.

 

Text of the Holy Rule