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