Chapter 32: The Tools and Goods of the Monasteryby Andrew The goods of the monastery, that is, its tools, clothing, or anything else, should be entrusted to members whom the prioress or abbot appoints and in whose manner of life they have confidence. The abbot or prioress will, as they see fit, issue to them the various […]
As oblates, obedience is one of our precepts or vows along with stability and conversion.
It is very important in time of crisis that obedience is either gently or strongly enforced, and in daily life, in every kind of society, it is necessary that enforcement or punishment is in accord with the degree of the offense. All civilised societies recognise that people are sinful at times and this has to be dealt with.
Unlike other religious leaders, Benedict wrote only one rule of life, not one for men, one for women, and another for lay people. He wrote one rule that can be lived by men and women inside and outside the monastery as monks, nuns, and lay people.
For Benedict, everything takes place within the context of community. Whether he is talking about prayer, relationships, work, or whatever it may be, the disciple is reminded that he or she is part of a community. This is particularly so in the case of Benedictine Oblates of the World Community for Christian Meditation. Benedict makes […]
See now is the acceptable time: see now is the day of salvation. (I Cor: 6:2) These words taken from the readings for Ash Wednesday, express in a nutshell the whole purpose and goal of Lent. Although Benedict often refers to the various liturgical seasons of the year throughout the Rule, evidently the time of […]
As a child, Lectio Divina came naturally to me, having learned a love of the Bible from my Methodist father and my Congregationalist mother! Lectio Divina has a very long history, going back to the time of Jesus himself, who loved and taught from the Hebrew Scriptures. The Desert Fathers and Mothers of the 3rd […]