The Shattered Cup

For my latest column at Patheos, I take a rather whimsical look at the legendary/hagiographical story of Saint Benedict and the poisoned cup. The story goes that Benedict had been asked to serve as the abbot of a monastery, but the monks of that community soon decided they wanted to be rid of Benedict, and so summarily tried to poison the man, not once but twice! Benedict was smart enough to bless his food before eating or drinking, and in both cases, the blessing led to his being saved: when he … [Read more...]

Running with Expanding Heart

Running with Expanding Heart: Meeting God in Everyday Life By Mary Reuter, OSB Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2010 Review by Carl McColmanJust in time for Lent: here is a wonderful new addition to the literature of Benedictine wisdom.Running with Expanding Heart (the title comes from a phrase in the prologue to the Rule of Saint Benedict) offers a vision of how Benedictine spirituality can provide inspiration and guidance for twenty-first century Christians—including the laity. Sister M … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

There are times when good words are to be left unsaid out of esteem for silence. — St. Benedict, The Rule of St. Benedict … [Read more...]