We have completed our exploration of the text of the Rule of Benedict. As I have done this along with you, I have benefitted from the wisdom of this document over and over again. I hope you have as well.
I have decided to use Esther de Waal’s Seeking God: The Way of St. Benedict in my Fall course on “The Spiritual Life of the Minister.” Consequently, I am going to continue to make Friday posts that continue our exploration of the Rule, but this time from de Waal’s book, which takes a thematic approach, not a textual one.
I’ll not begin the posts until August 17th. This includes the two-week “summer break” I’ll be taking from posting at all, but it will also give you time to order de Waal’s book to have at hand as we begin to move through it together.
The Rule of Benedict is foundational for any spiritual formation. When you see what a blessing de Waal’s book is, you’ll not be surprised at my decision to keep looking at the Rule, but doing so through her eyes of wisdom.
I have also found Joan Chittester’s Rule of Benedict to be a good daily devotional (especially for those of us in pastoral ministry)