The Rule of St Benedict in English
Editor: Timothy Fry OSB
Pope John Paul ll addressed two documents in 1981 to the entire Catholic Church and to "all men and women of good will." Inspired by a most urgent desire to help people improve their basic human relations, he wrote the encyclical "On Human Work" and the apostolic exhortation " The Role of the Family in Modern Society." St. Benedict's times were as turbulent as our own, though for very different reasons. He wrote his Rule primarily for monks, but it's sound principles for working together and living together have proved relevant to people of all classes of society through fifteen hundred years.