Benedictine Way is a group that meets to listen as prescribed by the Benedictine Rule. The group studies the Rule, prays together, and shares fellowship.
Generally meets monthly on a Sunday evening. (Currently on summer hiatus.) Announced in the Sunday bulletin, weekly e-blast and FaceBook.
The evening begins with Evening Prayer, followed by a light supper, discussion on a particular topic relating to the Benedictine Rule, & Compline.
If this will be your first time attending, or for more information, please contact Barbara Bundy at 571-332-8713.
The Benedictine Rule...
The Rule was written in the sixth century by St. Benedict of Nursia, the Father of Western monasticism, as a collection of precepts for his monks. However, everyday Christians find it useful in their own faith journeys.
What can a Rule, written over 1500 hundred years ago for monks living in a monastery, possibly have to offer us today? Some may not be very attracted to finding out, as the word rule is a little off-putting right from the start. Life is full of plenty of rules already.
The Rule of St. Benedict could be thought of as a spiritual guide, a way of life, an attitude of mind, a hint of how to find the sacred in the ordinary, a road map for how to find the way home. Benedict designed what he termed “a little rule” to help the monastic community he founded better love God, self, and each other by providing some guidelines on how to live a spiritual life in community. The issues he dealt with in his Rule are not so different from those we face today: prayer, relationships, leadership, authority, community, work, balance, simplicity, stability, and hospitality, to name a few.
The first word of the Benedictine Rule is listen. Listen for the voice of God. Listen to one another. Listen to your heart. Listen to the Rule itself. Benedict wrote in the Prologue, “Listen carefully, my child, to my instructions, and attend to them with the ear of your heart. This is advice from one who loves you; welcome it and faithfully put it into practice. The labor of obedience will bring you back to God.”
Benedictine Way is a group that meets to listen. The group studies the Rule, prays together, and shares fellowship.