LESSONS FROM SAINT BENEDICT: FIND JOY IN DAILY LIFE
Part of a collection written over twenty years, Lessons from Saint Benedict contains 26 letters written by Donald Raila, O.S.B., a Benedictine monk of Saint Vincent Archabbey. Using the 1500 year old Rule of Benedict and Benedictine spirituality as his foundation, Father Donald offers words of spiritual encouragement and guidance for persevering through the journey of daily life. With the Gospel and Rule of Benedict as guides, Raila says, we can learn to see God’s graces in every dimension of our lives, even the most seemingly mundane. Father Donald provides both serious and light-hearted examples from his own life to demonstrate how we can renew and strengthen our spirituality through the daily grind, and perhaps even find joy in the process.
Some of the topics addressed include:
•Anxiety •Boredom •Change •Choices •Communication •Death •Desire •Detachment •Fear •Hospitality •Humility •Loss •Materialism •Order •Patience •Rushing •Sacrifice •Stewardship •Youth
Praise for Lessons from Saint Benedict
He shows us again and again ways to recognize and eventually even overcome those things that impede our spiritual growth.
—Father Benedict Groeschel, CFR
Fr. Donald writes simply, gently, and candidly, aiming to profit [spiritually] rather than to impress.
—Hugh Feiss, O.S.B. in Cistercian Studies Quarterly
They are a treasury of homey, conversational, yet deeply profound, musings on various Benedictine values. He often reveals a lot about his own spiritual journey by using very specific examples from his day-to-day life and showing how he had to wrestle with the ordinary to see the sacred. At less than five pages each, these “lessons” would make excellent lectio material for monastic or lay readers, or provocative conversation starters for oblate groups.
—The American Monastic Newsletter
FATHER DONALD S. RAILA, O.S.B., is a Benedictine monk of Saint Vincent Archabbey in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. He has been the Director of Oblates since 1988, and during that time has written quarterly letters to the community of Oblates and friends of Saint Vincent Archabbey.
Paperback. 202 pages.