We will examine how to apply Benedictine spiritual practices to our everyday life. Attend Ora et Labora: Benedictine Spirituality in everyday life at 9:30 am on all Sundays during February 2017. Classes are in the Education Building at Church of the Redeemer, 6210 Northeast 181st Street, Kenmore, Washington. Everyone is welcome. There is no charge. We’ll save you a seat.
We will explore Lectio Divina, the Liturgy of Hours, the precepts in which many of Christianity’s largest orders have planted their common life for nearly two millennia, and how it is just as fresh today.
The Benedictine vows of stability, fidelity to a monastic way of life, and obedience embody this movement. They require ongoing conversion, reformation, metanoia in the gospel sense of that term. Different forms of contemporary prayer lend themselves to this goal. Centering prayer is an example. So are some Zen practices and others that are linked to the rich mystical tradition of the late medieval period or the spirituality of more recent religious orders.
We can be sure that Benedict would be open to all of them as ways to “advance in the religious life and in faith, our hearts overflowing with love.” This phrase from the Prologue to the Rule is a good way to summarize the goal of Benedictine spirituality and prayer.
Read more of this summary of Benedictine spirituality by Hilary Thimmesh, OSB.
Church of the Redeemer
Church of the Redeemer is at 6210 181st Street in Kenmore, Washington. We are a short distance north of Bothell Way, near the Burke-Gilman Trail. The entrance looks like a gravel driveway. The campus is larger on the inside than it is on the outside.
The Episcopal Church welcomes you.