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[[Image:Benedict.JPG|left|thumb|250px|Benedict of Nursia]]
The '''Rule of Benedict''' is a rule for life in a [[cenobitic]] [[monastery]]. Written in the sixth century by St. [[Benedict of Nursia]], the Rule of St. Benedict proved to be the most influential guide of Western [[monasticism]] until after the Great Schism, perhaps the most influential guide ever in the West. Followed continuously since the time of St. Benedict, this rule is currently used by Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Anglican, and Lutheran monasteries. Designed for [[monk]]s sharing the common life, the Rule is renowned for its spiritual riches, gentleness, and balance.