Finding Balance: The Rule of St. Benedict as Model for Spiritual Practice through Prayer, Study and Work

By Alicia Cordoba Tait.

Published by The International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society

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The Rule of St. Benedict has been used by the Benedictine Order to support a monastic community based on a Christocentric life balanced through daily routine. Indivuals can utilize the ideas represented in the book to provide a context by which life can be richer in spiritual dimension while still focused on goals and achievement. The Rule incorporates everyday simplicity with the complexities of daily needs. From the simple opening phrase of the, “listening with the ear of your heart,” the book provides a beginning testament to how an individual can take moments of silence and meditation as the first step to creating a balanced life with not only a high level of spirituality but one filled with ways by which trust, support and respect can be garnered and maintained on the job, at home and in the community.

Keywords: Balance of Work, Family, Faith and Community, Spiritual Pervasiveness in All Aspects of Life, Faith and Reason in Daily Practice

The International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society, Volume 1, Issue 3, pp.159-166. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 716.836KB).

Dr. Alicia Cordoba Tait

Director, Professor, Center for Mission and Identity, Department of Music, College of Liberal Arts, Benedictine University, Bolingbrook, Illinois, USA

Professor of Music at Benedictine Univeristy in Lisle, Illinois. Received degrees in music performance from the University of Illinois and The Juilliard School of Music. At Benedictine University became interested in religious aspects of the institution. Was requested by president and provost to create a central area by which the Catholic and Benedictine traditions and ideals of the institution could be maintained, assessed and further developed. Became first director of the Center for Mission and Identity in 2005. Has presented at many Catholic conferences, convocations and colloquiums and even began the Benedictine Pedagogy Conference which is now in its fourth year. Still maintains an active performing and teaching schedule. Currently working on book on Marian teachings of the Church and their associated religious pilgrimages with meditative recordings of newly commissioned works.