I’m a huge fan of St. Benedict! That’s a picture of me in front of the ancient arch way of his Abbey in Montecassino, Italy. I visited in 2006. It was amazing. Their website is amazing too: www.abbaziamontecassino.org
I’ve studied and tried to live by the tenants of Benedictine Spirituality for over 13 years. It has changed me, my understanding of God’s expansiveness, and finely tuned my awareness of His constant presence.
His famous “Rule” became the foundation of western monastic life. Based on the teachings found in the Gospels, it is still a powerful code of living.
“Listen,” is the first word of the Rule. Listening is a lost art in this age of information. We think we listen, we certainly “hear” a lot of stuff, but hearing isn’t listening.
We need to spend more time listening to God, to one another, and to our own inner voice. I believe that listening is the beginning of humility. Take a minute a think on that idea … a simple idea for a complex time.
To celebrate his special day, I thought I’d come clean about the beginnings of my association with the Benedictine way of life. If you’re curious, you can read more here. Confessions of a Benedictine Oblate.
Last week I received confirmation that in 2018, I will be leading two weekend retreats and three Saturday retreats at St. Andrew’s Benedictine Abbey in Valyermo, California. More information to be released on that in September. I hope you’ll find some time to join me in this amazing place.
If you’re interested in learning more about the Benedictine Way of life, I’ve got some great book recommendations here.
I hope you are enjoying your summer, it sure is beautiful outside. Keep your eyes up and your ears open, God longs to speak with you.
4 thoughts on “Happy Feast Day of St. Benedict”
I’m excited to learn more about your upcoming experience. I agree that we hear so much but have a difficult time truly listening. Thank you for the reminder to try to do it better.
I’m excited for you. I’ve explored a little about this, enough to know that there is much to consider. Thank you for the book recommendations. And yes, listening…is hard and active. Sometimes, it’s exhausting. I’m working on it.
I loved Kathleen Norris’s book on the Bendictines. Thank you for posting the book recommendations. I’ve been looking for something good to read first thing in the morning.