The Modern Monastery

With all the modern tools at our disposal we could build something that would become a social phenomena for good, which provides spiritual well for its members. 

What I suggest is that the monastic model  of St Benedict be modified and applied to a new society. Through history monastic orders have had great success. In fact in recent history the United Society of Believers (Shakers) was a great enterprise that gave many people happy Christian lives in common.   

The evolution of the Christian community is a very close approximation to the path that Christ has directed us to.  

Community was the central theme of Christianity, why do we not apply this principal in earnest?  People working together building  sound economic, ascetic communities dedicated to compassion for our fellow man. A well educated advanced social system loosely patterned by the Rule of St Benedict.

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  "The new testament declares law to have failed, frees man from its dominion and in its stead preaches the kingdom of grace to be won by faith, love of neighbor and entire sacrifice of self. This is the path or redemption from the evil of the world the spirit of the new testament is undoubtedly asceticism... " Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)


Knights Hospitaller

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The Knights Hospitaller, also known as the Order of Hospitallers or simply Hospitallers, were a group of men attached to a hospital in Jerusalem that was founded by Blessed Gerard around 1023 out of which two major Orders of Chivalry evolved, the Order of the Knights of St. Lazarus and the Order of the Knights of St. John, later to be known as the Sovereign Military Order of Malta.

St Benedict

Founder of western monasticism, born at Nursia, c. 480; died at Monte Cassino, 543. The only authentic life of Benedict of Nursia is that contained in the second book of St. Gregory's "Dialogues". It is rather a character sketch than a biography and consists, for the most part, of a number of miraculous incidents, which, although they illustrate the life of the saint, give little help towards a chronological account of his career. St. Gregory's authorities for all that he relates were the saint's own disciples, viz. Constantinus, who succeeded him as Abbot of Monte Cassino; and Honoratus, who was Abbot of Subiaco when St. Gregory wrote his "Dialogues".

St Benedicts Rule

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Listen carefully, my child, to your master's precepts, and incline the ear of your heart (Prov. 4:20).

Receive willingly and carry out effectively your loving father's advice, that by the labor of obedience you may return to Him from whom you had departed by the sloth of disobedience.


St Benedict's rule was a basic rule book written by St. Benedict for the running of his monasteries in the Fifth century.  The simplicity and beauty of its structure was the administrative core that ran western culture till the 1500s.  Formed by  men and women that wished to think, and live within a dedicated Christian community.   The monasteries of that time were basically the only source of literature and human examination.

St. Bernard

(1090 – August 20, 1153) was a French abbot and the primary builder of the reforming Cistercian order. After the death of his mother, Bernard sought admission into the Cistercian order. Three years later, he was sent to found a new abbey at an isolated clearing in a glen known as the Val d'Absinthe, about 15 km southeast of Bar-sur-Aube. According to tradition, Bernard founded the monastery on 25 June 1115, naming it Claire Vallée, which evolved into Clairvaux. There Bernard would preach an immediate faith, in which the intercessor was the Virgin Mary. In the year 1128, Bernard assisted at the Council of Troyes, at which he traced the outlines of the Rule of the Knights Templar, who soon became the ideal of Christian nobility." "Bernard wanted to excel in literature in order to take up the study of the Bible. He had a special devotion to the Virgin Mary, and he would later write several works about the Queen of Heaven."

Christian comunities, intentional communities

A-Beautiful-Life, Missouri, Permanent (Urbana, Missouri, United States)  Forming
acts 432 house (Denver, Colorado, United States)  Forming


Communities have been central to our social evolution. Tribal relations were the foundation of all modern culture. As representative of our western society the Jewish people show us the example of this concept of tribal community today. A well structured community has the potential of creating many  social and economic benefits.

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