Benedictine Spirituality

Envision Benedictine Stability through Visio Divina (Divine Seeing)

This is the fifth of 6 Visio Divina Meditations, as an alternative to New Years Resolutions. Professed Benedictine monastics formally promise to uphold a 3-fold commitment to listening (obedience), stability, and fidelity (conversatio morum) while living within their communities. Oblates (lay associates) strive to apply these principles while living "in the world" outside the monastery,… Continue reading Envision Benedictine Stability through Visio Divina (Divine Seeing)

Benedictine Spirituality

Envision Benedictine “conversatio morum” though Visio Divina (Divine Seeing)

This is the fourth of 6 Visio Divina Meditations, as an alternative to New Years Resolutions. Professed Benedictine monastics formally promise to uphold a 3-fold commitment to listening (obedience), stability, and fidelity (conversatio morum) while living within their communities. Oblates (lay associates) strive to apply these principles while living "in the world" outside the monastery.… Continue reading Envision Benedictine “conversatio morum” though Visio Divina (Divine Seeing)

Artistic/Poetic Practices, Benedictine Spirituality

Envision the Benedictine Value of Community through Visio Divina (Divine Seeing)

This is the third of 6 Visio Divina Meditations, as an alternative to New Years Resolutions. The Benedictine Value of CommunityThis limestone sculpture of “Community” by Joseph O’Connell (1927-1995) stands in the Gathering Place at Saint Benedict’s Monastery in St. Joseph, Minnesota. This depiction of the first sisters supporting their monastery’s foundress, Mother Benedicta Riepp,… Continue reading Envision the Benedictine Value of Community through Visio Divina (Divine Seeing)

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Envision the Benedictine value of Work through Visio Divina (Divine Seeing)

This is the second of 6 Visio Divina Meditations, as an alternative to New Years Resolutions. The Benedictine Value of Work through Visio Divina (Divine Seeing)The Rule of Benedict says, "When they live by the labor of their hands . . . then they are really monastics." In Benedictine spirituality the purpose of work is… Continue reading Envision the Benedictine value of Work through Visio Divina (Divine Seeing)

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Envision the Benedictine value of Prayer through Visio Divina (Divine Seeing)

This is the fist of 6 Visio Divina Meditations, as an alternative to New Years Resolutions. Joseph O'Connell's Sculptures: Prayer, Work and Community The brochure "Vision Through Sculpture," published by The Sisters of Saint Benedict's Monastery, explains that "In 1982, Joseph O'Connell . . . was commissioned by the Emerson Hynes family" to create a sculpture… Continue reading Envision the Benedictine value of Prayer through Visio Divina (Divine Seeing)

Benedictine Spirituality

Visio Divina (Divine Seeing) as an alternative to New Year Resolutions: envision your new self-story based on Benedictine values and commitments

This is the introduction to 6 Visio Divina Meditations, as an alternative to New Years Resolutions. Visio Divina (Divine Seeing) as an Alternative to New Years Resolutions Benedictine Spirituality is not a self-improvement project, rather, because it is rooted in humility and relies on the gracious love of a divine power greater than ourselves, the… Continue reading Visio Divina (Divine Seeing) as an alternative to New Year Resolutions: envision your new self-story based on Benedictine values and commitments

Benedictine Spirituality

Exploring Inner Rooms: an online 12 days of Christmas retreat at Cloister Seminars

It's not too late to join a heart-stirring, soul-deepening, online "12 days of Christmas" retreat at Cloister Seminars Retreat leaders, married couple Chuck Huff and Almut Furchert invite you to "take a break from the hustle and bustle, to breathe, and to wonder, guided and sustained by wise women and men." Elaborating on the reflections of… Continue reading Exploring Inner Rooms: an online 12 days of Christmas retreat at Cloister Seminars