“The Benedict Option” Chapter Three…
Hello, Brothers and Sisters of Mary and Martha (and special friends, too)!
With each passing week, as we continue our study of “The Benedict Option”, I’m becoming more excited about the possibilities and find myself more deeply drawn to Saint Benedict’s way of being a Christian! My sermon last Sunday and this week’s Chapter Meeting both focus on how and why we’re living fragmented lives (both individually and communally) and how “The Rule of Saint Benedict” can help us draw together those fragmented pieces into a healthy and Christ-centered whole.
I’m stunned at how timely Saint Benedict’s rule is for people living in the 21st century! But I guess that that shouldn’t be a surprise to us. After all, Saint Benedict is simply applying sacred Scripture (which is absolutely timeless and always relevant) to the life of Jesus’ disciples. To help us further explore how “The Rule of Saint Benedict” can help us individually and communally, I’ve included some video links below that give us a glimpse of how this happens.
The first is, of course, the Chapter Meeting at Bethany House. But the others pertain to living the way of Saint Benedict, both in a monastery and as Oblates (people like you and me who are not monks or nuns, but who wish to include the Rule in their daily lives)…
I have received word that the copies of “The Rule of Saint Benedict” that I ordered for us have now shipped. Two copies are spoken for, but five are still available (at no cost) to all who would like one!! And, as I shared last week, I’d like to heartily encourage you to invest in two other books. Please consider purchasing your own copy of Rod Dreher’s “The Benedict Option” (I believe it’s $11.00 on Amazon). I’d also encourage you to have your own copy of Esther de Waal’s “Seeking God: The Way of Saint Benedict”!
And now it’s time for me to hit the road, but I eagerly look forward to worshiping with you on Sunday!!
Praised be Jesus Christ, now and for ever! Amen!