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Posted March 16, 2009
A different look at Benedictine Spirituality
Dennis Okholm's book casts a different light on Benedictine Spirituality. Approaching the ideas of the Rule of Benedict from a Protestant point of view, we learn from Okholm that everyone, not just those of the Catholic tradition, can apply the lessons from Benedict's rule in their own life. Okholm encourages and challenges readers to find their own "monastic spark." However, in doing that, the author does not encourage the reader to depart from their daily life; simply, instead, Okholm suggests we find ways within our life to make room for living in a more Benedictine fashion. Balance in life between work and prayer, living humbly, living our life without arrogance, keeping grounded and stable in our environment, and offering the gift of hospitality in our everyday lives are all covered in this text. Okholm is easy to read, easy to understand, and broadens our understanding of Benedictine monastic life and living according to the Rule of St. Benedict.
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