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History - The Rule of St. Benedict

        Written in the 6th century, the Rule of St. Benedict continues to inspire and guide monks and nuns to the present day.   In recent years, even people who are not monks or nuns have discovered Benedict's wise teachings help them to live a happier and holier Christian life.  Below, are answers to questions concerning Benedict's famous rule.  

Why did St. Benedict write a rule for monks?
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How did monks react to St. Benedict's new Rule?
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What was special about St. Benedict's Rule that made it so popular?
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How did the Rule of St. Benedict find its way to the United States?
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Do monks and nuns today follow everything written in St. Benedict's Rule?
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