Lessons from Saint Benedict: Finding Joy in Daily Life by Donald S Raila

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By Donald S Raila

A part of a suite written over two decades, classes from Saint Benedict includes 26 letters written by means of Donald Raila, O.S.B., a Benedictine monk of Saint Vincent Archabbey. utilizing the 1500 12 months outdated Rule of Benedict and Benedictine spirituality as his origin, Father Donald bargains phrases of non secular encouragement and suggestions for persevering throughout the trip of lifestyle. With the Gospel and Rule of Benedict as courses, Raila says, we will be able to learn how to see God's graces in each size of our lives, even the main likely mundane. Father Donald presents either critical and light-hearted examples from his personal lifestyles to illustrate how we will be able to renew and develop our spirituality throughout the day-by-day grind, and even perhaps locate pleasure within the process.

Some of the themes addressed include:

-Anxiety -Boredom -Change -Choices -Communication -Death -Desire -Detachment -Fear -Hospitality -Humility -Loss -Materialism -Order -Patience -Rushing -Sacrifice -Stewardship -Youth

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We need to be ready to surrender to God’s order. When others take more of our time than we expect, we must extend ourselves in charity, at least for a little while. When others have misplaced items that we need, our reminders to them should be marked by patience and personal concern. When we become frustrated over our own errors, we need to bring to the Lord our fallibility, vulnerability, and littleness and seek the grace to rely on Him more instead of trusting in our own mental and physical skills.

Secondly, adhering to a daily structure that includes time for the Liturgy of the Hours and lectio divina is another safeguard against the tendency to drift away from God’s will and into whatever strikes our fancy. Freeing up time for these practices exposes us to the Word of God, which judges us, comforts us, and transforms us into the children of God that we are meant to be. Obedience to the Word frees us from the tyranny of self-will. Although we may know God’s will in a general way from the teachings of the Church and the Scriptures, discovering His specific will for ourselves in a particular circumstance requires extra effort.

Will not such prompt “running to God” have a positive effect on those whom I meet? ••• In sum, the sacredness of the gift of time challenges us to welcome each moment as coming from the hands of our loving Father, who sent His Son into the world to sanctify all things, including time. To develop such a disposition, we must be healed of tendencies to grasp time for our own self-fulfilling purposes, to neglect valuing the “wasted time” between events and destinations, and to run late continually because we try to force too many projects into too short a time.

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