Benedictine Spirituality from a Lay Person: Obedience (part 2 of 7)

Obedience, in regard to Benedictine spirituality, is about listening with the “ear” of your heart to God, self, and others. The Old Testament reads, “Sacrifice and offerings you do not want, but ears open to obedience you gave me… To do your will is my delight; my God, your law is in my heart”...

Benedictine Spirituality from a Lay Person: Introduction (part 1 of 7)

As Christians, we are blessed that God has given us so many sources to draw from to help us strengthen and grow in our faith. Imagine a tree, which starts as a seed in the ground and begins to sprout roots, breaking through the soil as a helpless sapling. The roots grow in various directions, pulling in...

Dr. St. Hildegard

Last Wednesday, September 17, was the feast of Hildegard of Bingen, named a saint in May 2012 and a Doctor of the Church in October of that same year. Known as the Sibyl of the Rhine, she was a Benedictine abbess, theologian, mystic, artist, musician, poet, and doctor (and who knows what else; this is what...

Why Does Pope Francis Lead the Way He Leads?

Interesting question, right? If you’re looking for an even more interesting answer, read Chris Lowney’s new book called—you guessed it—Why Pope Francis Leads the Way He Leads. Chris is a friend and colleague and knows all about leadership and the spirituality of St. Ignatius Loyola, the founder of...

St. Boniface

Today’s feast day reminds me of an unfinished task. Some years ago, while studying the German language, I stumbled across a book that contained a short life of St. Boniface. The book showed an image that depicted Boniface as a bishop with miter and pallium, holding a sword in his right hand with a book...

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