by Rev. Dom Paul Delatte, OSB, Abbot of Solesmes, Superior-General of the Benedictine Congregation in France. Translated by Dom Justin McCann, OSB.
Reprint of the 1913 original.
532 pages, 9 x 6 inches, with Holy Rule text in Latin and English. Includes a detailed index and thorough, scholarly footnotes. Available in hardcover or softcover.
From the Book Dedication:
“”These pages, written with the aim of disclosing the riches of the Holy Rule, are dedicated, in love and devotedness, to all those, whether in monasteries or in the world, who belong to the great family of St. Benedict. – Quarr Abbey, September 8th, 1913.””
From the Introduction by Dom Delatte:
“”…our Commentary remains, even in its printed form, what it originally was: an exposition of the Rule given in the Novitiate of the Abbey of Solesmes. It reproduces, in an abridged form, conferences introductory to the monastic life. Hence… sometimes the familiar and homely style; hence certain repetitions, provoked most often by the insistence of our Holy Father himself. Perhaps the publication of these notes will satisfy, in some measure, the interest of the many Christian souls who ask us every day for enlightenment on the mode of life, spirituality, and real usefulness of monks… The primary purpose of these studies is neither curiosity nor historical knowledge: our concern is with the soul and with the supernatural life. By constant communing with the master thought of St. Benedict and with the minds of his best disciples, will the sons of Dom Guéranger be able to keep alive among them the true spirit of monasticism.””
Dom Delatte’s commentary on the Holy Rule is read daily by all the monks at Our Lady of Clear Creek Abbey, both in the Novitiate and in the Community.
Building Something Beautiful For God –
To Last A Thousand Years
Our Lady of Clear Creek Abbey is a Benedictine community belonging to the Solesmes Congregation and, like other monasteries of the Solesmes Congregation, is to be counted among the institutes entirely ordered towards contemplation. It was founded in 1999 from the Abbey of Our Lady of Fontgombault in France and is located in the Diocese of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Clear Creek became an abbey in 2010 and counts 55 monks, who devote themselves to God alone in the hidden life, in silence and solitude, in constant prayer and willing penance.
After twenty years of existence, we are happy, by the grace of God, to have completed two large buildings and a sizable portion of our abbatial church. We completed the “Chapter House” in 2023 to accommodate the growing number of monks and provide a Sacristy, Infirmary, classrooms and the Chapter itself. Please help us continue this arduous, but important work for the glory of God.
Our Lady of Clear Creek Abbey
5804 W Monastery Road
Hulbert, OK 74441-5698
Phone (918) 772-2454