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St. Romuald's Brief Rule

While working on the mega-application for the Diocese, I've been perusing various Rules of Life for solitaries and hermits. I was moved by this one, written by St. Romuald (d. 1027), the founder of the Camaldolese order.

St. Romuald's Brief Rule for Camaldolese Monks

Sit in your cell as in paradise.
Put the whole world behind you and forget it.
Watch your thoughts like a good fisherman watching for fish.
The path you must follow is in the Psalms — never leave it.
If you have just come to the monastery,
and in spite of your good will you cannot accomplish what you want,
take every opportunity you can to sing the Psalms in your heart
and to understand them with your mind.
And if your mind wanders as you read, do not give up;
hurry back and apply your mind to the words once more.
Realize above all that you are in God's presence,
and stand there with the attitude of one who stands before the emperor.
Empty yourself completely and sit waiting,
content with the grace of God,
like the chick who tastes nothing and eats nothing
but what his mother brings him.

Comments

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cjsherwood
Jan. 1st, 2008 06:15 pm (UTC)
That is really quite something.

Many thanks for sharing it.

May I borrow it (with proper attribution to your lj, of course!)?

Edited at 2008-01-01 06:15 pm (UTC)
solitarybird
Jan. 1st, 2008 08:25 pm (UTC)
Of course, and no need to attribute anything to me. This is very much in the public domain.
spiralflames
Jan. 1st, 2008 06:25 pm (UTC)
lovely.
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solitarybird
Jan. 3rd, 2008 04:29 am (UTC)
Thank you, brother! I'm so glad to see you again. I thought I'd lost you.
bodhibird
Jan. 1st, 2008 09:47 pm (UTC)
That seems very Buddhist to me now.
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