Benedictine Spirituality


In January 2001, nearly ten years ago now, I spent thirty days at a Benedictine monastery in Pecos, New Mexico as I began some training in spiritual direction. It was the mid-point of my one-year sabbatical. I was so enriched by the rhythm of praying the psalms in community morning, midday, evening and night. That pulse began to beat in my chest as well. Perhaps that’s why I was drawn to this quotation below about Benedictine spirituality:

“Practicing explicit times of Scripture-based prayer, personal and communal, is the backbone of Benedictine spirituality. To be spiritual definitely means we need to spend regular times in prayer. However, a healthy balance of prayer with work and community involvement is an essential component of Benedictine spirituality. Christ is in the kitchen, in the office, in the guest room, in the infirmary, just as truly and fully as in the oratory.” (Katherine Howard, O.S.B. “Seeking and Finding God: Love and Humility in the Benedictine Tradition.” Tending the Holy: Spiritual Direction Across Traditions. Ed. by Norvene Vest. New York: Morehouse Publishing, 2003, p. 115.)