Randy’s “12 Benedictine Days of Christmas”

 Randy’s Christmas Gift to his Readers and Fans – a very Benedictine version of the time-honored carol – “The Twelve Days of Christmas.”  His references from the Rule follow each of the 12 days.

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 12 Benedictine Days of Christmas

 

On the first day of Christmas St. Benedict gave to me – a Rule to set my life free.

The entire Rule

On the second day of Christmas St. Benedict gave to me – two types of cooked food

RB 39.1

On the third day of Christmas St. Benedict gave to me – three solid vows

                RB 58.17

On the fourth day of Christmas St. Benedict gave to me – four kinds of monks

RB 1

On the fifth day of Christmas St. Benedict gave to me – five ways to spend my day!…. work,                                                       prayerful reading, Opus Dei, rest with silence and meals!!

                RB 48

On the sixth day of Christmas St. Benedict gave to me – six ancient readings

RB 73 – Old and New Testaments, Conferences, Institutes, Lives of the Holy Fathers and  the Rule of Basil

On the seventh day of Christmas St. Benedict gave to me – seven nays on grumbling

RB 4.39, 5.14, 5.17-18. 23.1, 40.8-9

On the eighth day of Christmas St. Benedict gave to me – eight Opus Dei

RB 8-18

On the ninth day of Christmas St. Benedict gave to me – nine ways to treat guests

RB 53.1-– as Christ, announce and meet with courtesy of love, pray, kiss of peace, bow or            prostrate to guest, sit with guest, Rule read, every kindness shown, wash guest hands and feet

On the tenth day of Christmas St. Benedict gave to me – ten monks in a deanery

RB 21.1-2

On the eleventh day of Christmas St. Benedict gave to me – eleven views on chastening

RB 23-28, 30, 44, 46, 69, 70

On the twelfth day of Christmas St. Benedict gave to me  –   twelve steps of humility!

RB 7

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