This rule of life is - in Christ - the heart and soul of the most successful religious order in history. Written in the sixth century by a spiritual father for his children, The Rule of St. Benedict towers in the great tradition of Western monasticism. It is not only an ideal guide for the individual wishing to follow the Benedictine path; it is also an indispensable tool for the spiritualization of family life. Its leading characteristics are its wonderful discretion, moderation, and keen insight into the capabilities and weaknesses of human nature. Here is a common sense approach to arranging life so that Christian spirituality and virtue can be lived out in any community setting. timeless classic by the founder of Western monasticism.