Monk Habits for Everyday People: Benedictine Spirituality for Protestants
I raced through this book, nearly swallowed it whole. It’s the perfect size for a Lenten snack treat (144 pages including forward, afterward and notes) and fit in beautifully with my self-prescribed reading diet.
Author Dennnis Okholm (PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary) leads a light, action-driven tour through the Benedictine Rule of Life and how the habits of monks (pun intended) can enhance your spiritual journey to the cross.
At the back of the book is a list of fifteen suggestions for developing a personal rule of life. How many of the items on this list are already incorporated into your own spiritual practice?
1. Pray at least two Offices daily.
2. Read and meditate on sacred scripture at least once a day.
3. Practice times of silence.
4. Practice a contemplative type of prayer.
5. Remember that every moment of our lives is lived in the Divine Presence.
6. Do a partial or full fast (or abstain from meat) at least once a week.
7. Attend church services and/or receive the Holy Eucharist at least once weekly.
8. Care for those you live with, work with, and worship with.
9. Treat your family and your daily work/profession as your main Christian ministry.
10. Refrain from judging others and pray for them instead.
11. Be consistently involved in at least one ministry/program of your parish.
12. Treat all physical objects in your environment with care and reverence.
13. Remember Rule of Benedict 4: “The love of Christ must come before all else.”
14. Be faithful (stable) in your family, employment, parish responsibilities.
15. Serve other with consistent patience and care.
“The quest of the human heart for meaning is the heartbeat of every religion.” -David Steindl-Rast, Gratefulness, the Heart of Prayer
TODAY’S EXERCISE: It’s a beautiful day! 2.26 miles (40 minutes) run/walk up Thistle hill and down (2x) with Buddy the WonderDog and a gentle stroll with the old girl, JessieDog.