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Benedictine Spirituality
It may seem odd that some of the best guidelines for achieving balance in our world today, where "stress" has become the norm,  come from a Sixth century Italian monk who at one point chose to live by himself in a cave. Yet through the centuries, millions have found the teachings of St. Benedict of Nursia and his Rule for monastic life key to their own spiritual wholeness.

The spirituality of St. Benedict has offered those who follow its path a way to faith-filled living through work, prayer, learning and living in community. This is not a spirituality that requires a departure from everyday life, but rather a way of being that embraces and becomes fully engaged in the holiness that permeates our daily existence and the call to follow Christ in all that we do.

The following pages are a selection of thoughts, essays, quotes and suggestions on what it means to follow the teachings of St. Benedict to a more authentic and integrated being. These offerings pose questions as to how a Benedictine focus can change the way we think about ourselves, treat one another and spend our time. They ask us to identify what is really important in our lives— what outweighs all our desires for money, status and success, and points to the authentic spiritual self  deep within. And they respond to concerns about the difficulty of nurturing spiritual health in a world where the sacred  is seen as something separate from everyday living.

When we live an integrated life, we express the true identity that God created for each of us. Our every encounter and activity revolves around our longing to be connected to God. St. Benedict's wisdom can help us center ourselves in God even while we live day in and day out in a culture that may work against us. Moreover, it shows us how those who share our lives are part of the spiritual way.