If you desire true and eternal life [Prol. 17]

When I was younger, this section of the Prologue of Benedict’s Rule struck me as a ‘no brainer’.  “Is there anyone here who yearns for life?”  St. Benedict quotes Psalm … Continue Reading →


Let us open our eyes to the light that comes from God [Prol. 9]

The Prologue to the Rule of Saint Benedict is largely borrowed from the earlier ‘Rule of the Master’, though shortened quite a bit.  The Rule of the Master (abbreviated RM) … Continue Reading →


Freely accept the advice of a loving father and fulfill it zealously [Prol. 1]

The Rule of Saint Benedict is an eminently practical document.  This is not to say that it contains no spiritual doctrine at all; rather, Saint Benedict teaches doctrine through his … Continue Reading →


My Son

In the Prologue to the Rule of Saint Benedict, the speaker addresses his audience as a ‘son’.  This is more significant than it might appear to us at first.  The … Continue Reading →


Listen

Benedictines open each new calendar year with this word: Listen! This is the first word of the Rule of Saint Benedict, which is usually read daily in a community meeting … Continue Reading →


Oblate Conference: On Humility and Pride

The central focus of the spirituality of the Rule of Saint Benedict is the long ‘Ladder of Humility’, which comprises the entire seventh chapter.  How many of us believe that?  … Continue Reading →


Oblate Conference: On Vainglory

“Do not say, ‘tomorrow I will do such-and-such.’”  I thought of this warning from St. James many times as I’ve struggled to get  this conference finished!  My apologies for the … Continue Reading →


Chapter Conference: On Grace

Dear Oblates, Since my return from the General Chapter (about which I do still plan to write), we have implemented a new formation program at the monastery.  Instead of assigning … Continue Reading →


Oblate Conference: On Acedia, Part II

“All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.” —Blaise Pascal   Dear Oblates, As we explore together what it means to live ‘Benedictine … Continue Reading →