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St. Benedict's Toolbox / Edition 10

St. Benedict's Toolbox / Edition 10

by Jane Tomaine


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In the sixth century when the Roman Empire was breaking apart and politics, cultural life and even the Church were in disarray — tumultuous times not unlike our own — Benedict of Nursia designed what he termed “a little rule” that showed his monks the way to peace as they learned to prefer Christ above all things. The Rule of Benedict offers timeless and practical tools for living this Christ-centered life today.

• Revised and expanded 10th anniversary edition

• Practical, down-to-earth writing style; explains the content of the Rule of St. Benedict and how to use the practices in daily life

• Contains historical background to the Rule and a new chapter on relationships and community

• Includes guide for group use

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780819231987
Publisher: Church Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 07/10/2015
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 270,895
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

JANE TOMAINE, D.Min., developed St. Benedict’s Toolbox as part of a parish-wide, liturgical, and renewal program at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Livingston, New Jersey, where she is rector. She presents workshops, seminars, and retreats in parishes and retreat centers, and teaches courses on Benedict’s Rule at the Newark School of Theology. She lives in Mountainside, New Jersey. For further information, ideas, tools, and readings, visit

Table of Contents

Preface to the Tenth Anniversary Edition viii

Acknowledgments x

Words of Encouragement for Those New to the Rule of St. Benedict xiii

Welcome to St. Benedicts Toolbox xv

Guide to Using the Book: The "How-To" of St Benedict's Toolbox: The Nuts and Bolts of the Book 1

Toolbox: The Beginning of the Journey 6

Introduction: The Rule of Benedict: A Tool for Christian Living 8

Toolbox: Introduction to the Study 14

Interlude: Listening for God in the Daily 18

Toolbox: God in All Things 20

Part I Getting Started 23

1 The Rule of Benedict: Relevant and Appropriate 24

Toolbox: The Rule of Benedict: Relevant and Appropriate 35

Interlude: Paying Attention to the Breadcrumbs 37

Toolbox: Awareness in the Journey 39

2 The Prayer of Lectio Divina: Listening to God in Scripture 41

Toolbox: The Prayer of Lectio Divina 48

Interlude: A Sample Prayer of Lectio Divina 52

Part II The Benedictine Vows: The Core of the Rule 57

3 Stability: Remaining Present 59

Toolbox: Practicing Stability 70

Interlude: A Lesson in Persistence 74

4 Obedience: Listening and Responding 77

Toolbox: Listening and Responding: Benedictine Obedience 85

Interlude: Images of Obedience from the Garden 89

5 Conversion of Life: Being Open to Transformation 94

Toolbox: Conversion of Life: Turning toward God 108

Interlude: Sitting Still 117

Part III More Tools for Daily Life 121

6 Walking through the Day with God: Praying the Divine Office 122

Toolbox: Ways for Busy People to Pray the Divine Office 133

Interlude: Brief Liturgies for the Divine Office 140

7 Benedictine Hospitality: Hearts Overflowing with Love 144

Toolbox: Benedictine Hospitality: Living with an Open Heart 156

Interlude: Welcoming Christ 167

8 Keeping a Holy "Benedictine" Lent Anytime 169

Toolbox: Keeping a Holy Benedictine Lent Anytime 173

Interlude: Getting Back on the Wagon 177

9 The Holiness of Labor: Benedictine Work and Service 181

Toolbox: Work as a Holy Endeavor 196

Interlude: Discovering the Holiness of Our Tools 205

10 Community, Relationships, and Being a Benedictine Presence 208

Toolbox: Being a Benedictine Presence of Peace 224

Interlude. An Interview with the Monastery Cellarer 228

11 What Are You Looking For? Developing a Rule of Life 233

Toolbox: A Personal Rule of Life 239

Interlude Spinning the Web 243

12 Conclusion: Living in the Present Moment 246

Appendix A A Listing of the Tools in the Toolbox 251

Appendix B A Guide for Using St. Benedict's Toolbox in a Group Setting 254

Endnotes 262

Suggested Rending 277

Bibliography 284

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