We trace our roots back to Saints Benedict and Scholastica of Norcia who lived 1500 years ago. St. Benedict’s Rule is the very basis of our life. In a Prologue and 73 chapters, he weaves a web of spiritual advice, reflection, and encouragement.
Benedict’s main advice was:
“Let them prefer nothing whatever to Christ, and may Christ bring us all together to everlasting life.” Rule of Benedict 72:12
Imagine for a minute what your life would be like if you took this advice: Prefer nothing whatever to Christ. What could that look like? How would your life be different? How does this advice sound to you? Scary? Too challenging? Just right?
In his Rule, Benedict also spells out the rhythm of the daily life of Benedictines, which creates just the right background for a dedicated and sound spiritual life. He proposes different times of community prayer, also called Liturgy of the Hours; time for personal reflection and prayer, also known as Lectio Divina; time for reading; time spent with the community; and time spent with ministry.
Benedictine Life shows a deep reference for each person and all of God’s creation. Praying the Psalms 3 times a day immerses us into that loving dialogue that God has with creation. This daily praying helps us to delve deeply into the Word of God. Our own personal Lectio Divina helps us in our process of becoming loving and spiritual persons.