Finally, when we look back today, the continued study of The Rule fifteen centuries after its first publication stands testament to its enduring value to the Christian faithful. Not only does its content speak directly to the affairs of the Church, but its disciplinary code could be adopted by all believers and adapted to their own walks of life. It was in recognition of the stupendous contribution of St. Benedict during the 6th Century A.D, that Pope Benedict XVI declared in 2008 that the former is the most influential patron saint of European Christianity. And it is for such reasons that early Middle Ages are referred to as the Benedictine Centuries.
Joan Chittister, Order of St. Benedict, Commentary on Chapters 73-80, This Rule is only a Beginning of Perfection, The Rule of Benedict: Insights for the Ages, published on April 30, 2011, retrieved from <http://www.rbinsights.blogspot.com/> on 4th May, 2011.
The Holy Rule of St. Benedict, The 1949 Edition, Translated by Rev. Boniface Verheyen, OSB of St. Benedict’s Abbey, Atchison, Kansas, electronic version retrieved from <http://www.ccel.org/ccel/benedict/rule2/files/rule2.html#ch1> on 4th May, 2011.