By Donald S Raila
A part of a set written over two decades, classes from Saint Benedict includes 26 letters written through Donald Raila, O.S.B., a Benedictine monk of Saint Vincent Archabbey. utilizing the 1500 yr previous Rule of Benedict and Benedictine spirituality as his starting place, Father Donald deals phrases of religious encouragement and information for persevering during the trip of lifestyle. With the Gospel and Rule of Benedict as publications, Raila says, we will discover ways to see God's graces in each size of our lives, even the main likely mundane. Father Donald offers either critical and light-hearted examples from his personal lifestyles to illustrate how we will 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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It is my hope and my prayer that Oblates and others who read this book will discover the joy hidden in daily life because Christ is there to set us free. May this little volume lead the reader to find immense spiritual riches in the “little rule” of Saint Benedict and in ordinary life situations so that we may also more and more discover the joy of welcoming Christ to become everything in all of us. 1 The Rule: Not a Formula for Good Order but a Way to Live in God’s Order When people apply to be invested as Oblate novices, they often express the hope that following the Rule of Saint Benedict and becoming affiliated with our monastic community will help to bring some stability into their unruly lives.
Rather than to run mentally or physically to gain control over agendas that are falling miserably behind schedule, we are urged to run to God. ” Regarding communal prayer, all the monks, “on hearing the signal for an hour of the Divine Office,”...  In all these situations, the monk is summoned to run in response to God’s word. ” That is, whenever God sheds His light upon a situation, the monk is to hasten to go in the indicated direction as his first priority. The most urgent task in the monk’s—or any Christian’s—life is to hurry gracefully to fulfill God’s will in every situation.
What, then, is the Christian freedom that all of us disciples of Christ seek? The Scriptures speak about freedom both from passions and attachments and from human-imposed restrictions that can interfere with our openness to God. ” He tells the Galatians, “It was for liberty that Christ freed us. ” (Gal 5:1†). Later he continues, “Remember that you have been called to live in freedom—but not a freedom that gives free rein to the flesh. Out of love, place yourselves at one another’s service” (Gal 5:13†).
Lessons from Saint Benedict: Finding Joy in Daily Life by Donald S Raila