Tag Archives: Benedictinism

The virtue of staying put:
What the “Benedict option” forgets about Benedictines

Commonweal  16 September 2016 In recent years the term “Benedict Option” has been circulating in certain sectors of the U.S. Catholic Church. For a Benedictine oblate such as myself, this should be a welcome development. After all, the charism of … Continue reading

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The classroom at the end of the world

When glamour beckons, can Benedictine values compete? “Do you reject the glamour of evil?” This striking question from the Catholic rite of baptism for adults has received surprisingly little attention from theologians. One might summarize all Benedictine values and practices … Continue reading

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Benedictine values and the need for bridging

Monastic Institute, Saint John’s Abbey, 6 July 2006 Bridgefolk is about, well, bridging — transcending old polarities, exchanging and integrating the gifts of mutually “separated brethren” and sisters too. It is about imagining Christ’s Church without the divisions that long seemed to … Continue reading

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Stability in the world: an oblate’s reflections

Benedictine oblates are people who are not monks but who dedicate themselves, in communion with a particular monastic community, to the service of God and neighbor according to the Rule of St. Benedict, insofar as their state in life permits.[1] … Continue reading

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