Today we celebrate the feast day of St. Benedict of Nursia. St. Benedict’s most enduring legacy is his rule of life, which has recently been paraphrased beautifully by Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove. Central to Benedict’s wisdom is living in moderation and balance as we pursue Christlikeness. For Benedict this includes a daily rhythm of prayer, community life, and work.
In honor of St. Benedict’s feast, try to incorporate a Benedictine rhythm into your day. Wake up, pray (include others if possible), spend some time in the study of scripture, then work, take a moment for a short reading of Psalm 1 at lunch, work again, read Luke 14:27-33, and then close the evening with a service of compline.
After the experience of this day of rhythm ask how you might create a daily rhythm of life that you can maintain for a week or month.