Praying the Psalms O Lord, our Lord, how awesome is your name through all the earth! My God, I call by day, but you do not answer; by night, but I have no relief. Have mercy on me, God, in accord with your merciful love. I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise…Read more
Spilling Water Meditation When our water here becomes saturated with pollution, it gets led back to the original water, the ocean. ~Rumi [audio mp3="https://www.benedictinecenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/spilling-water-meditation.mp3"][/audio] . . . practicing a less anxious presence, from the sights and sounds of a water glass tipping to experiencing connection with a much wider world . . . Like…Read more
Time to Pause We have a labyrinth in our backyard which, weather permitting, is where I do my walking prayer every day. One day, while I was preparing for a group to come and join us for a walk, my husband caught this photo of our dog, Bella, sitting in one of her contemplative postures…Read more
My Day with the Sacred Fire Forever ago, it seems, I financed my way through seminary with a long stint as a custodian at a religious college. I remember one large meeting where I was pushing my trash cart outside the venue while sensing the vibrancy and boisterous energy inside. It was a tough moment—heartbreaking,…Read more
Sustaining lectio divina and preferring nothing whatsoever to Christ anchor the Benedictine school of spirituality. Sustaining Lectio Divina The School of Lectio Divina is at the heart of the Benedictine Center of St. Paul’s Monastery’s attempt to share the riches of Benedictine spirituality. The core conviction is that praying the Scriptures is allowing the Word…Read more
Benedictine spirituality offers an important voice in our world today. Part 2 of 3 in this introduction explores the essential Benedictine disciplines of prayer and community.