Benedictine Spirituality from a Lay Person: Conclusion (part 7 of 7)

  “Obedience … living within and on the basis of God’s word… as the right way to worship God…. prayer, the self-opening of the human spirit to God, is true worship” (Jesus of Nazareth, part two, p.233).  Chastity is more than a way of life; it is respect of that [chaste] life. Poverty: Do...

Benedictine Spirituality from a lay person: Conversatio (part 6 of 7)

There is no definitive interpretation of the meaning of “Conversatio,” but one that stood out and had the greatest impact for me concerns the daily acceptance of our human condition: We are human; we are not perfect; we make mistakes; we will at times fail.  As someone who knows me best will...

Benedictine Spirituality From a Lay Person: Stability (part 5 of 7)

How do we serve others with our gifts? How do we show our thanks to God for all that He has offered us? I ended my last blog with these words and yet these questions are just as relevant when talking about stability.  Stability means being rooted in Christ, no matter what happens, especially amidst the...

Benedictine Spirituality from a Lay Person: Poverty (part 4 of 7)

Yes, I probably have gone a little long on my last posts concerning Benedictine spirituality, but this one will be short and sweet. Society tends to view a vow of poverty as living or doing without. My understanding of poverty—that I gained in that morning meeting on Benedictine spirituality—goes beyond...

Benedictine Spirituality from a Lay Person: Chastity (part 3 of 7)

Two common definitions of chastity involve either some idea of abstinence or plainness of style. In both cases, chastity is typically defined as a noun. But no matter how I see the meaning of the word chastity, I am hard-pressed to view it as an action or state of being. To view it as a noun, I feel a...

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