Building the Benedict Option: A Guide to Gathering Two or Three Together in His Name

Building the Benedict Option: A Guide to Gathering Two or Three Together in His Name


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Building the Benedict Option is a combination spiritual memoir and practical handbook for Christians who want to build communities of prayer, socialization, and evangelization in the places where they live and work.

Beginning when the author was a new convert, she desired more communal prayer and fellowship than weekly Mass could provide. She surveyed her friends—busy, young, urban professionals like herself—and created unique enriching or supportive experiences that matched their desires and schedules. The result was a less lonely and more boisterous spiritual and social life.

No Catholic Martha Stewart, Libresco is frank about how she plans events that allow her to feed thirty people on a Friday night without feeling exhausted. She is honest about the obstacles to prayer and the challenge to make it inviting and unobtrusive. Above all, she communicates the joy she has experienced since discovering ways to open her home (even when it was only a small studio apartment).

The reader will close this book with four or five ideas for events to try over the next few weeks, along with the tools to make them fruitful. From film nights to picnics in the park to resume-writing evenings, there are plenty of ideas to choose from and loads of encouragement to make more room in one's life for others.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781621642176
Publisher: Ignatius Press
Publication date: 09/18/2018
Pages: 163
Sales rank: 503,796
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Leah Libresco has worked as a statistics professor, a data journalist, and a Bayesian probability instructor at an organization teaching "defensive driving for your brain". She converted to Catholicism after graduating from Yale University. Her writing has appeared in the Washington Post, First Things, the Weekly Standard, the American Interest, the American Conservative, America, and other outlets. She has spoken across the United States, as well as in Australia, Ireland, and Poland. Her first book is Arriving at Amen: Seven Catholic Prayers That Even I Can Offer.

Table of Contents

Foreword Rod Dreher 9

1 Accidental Stylites 13

2 Enemies of the Benedict Option 21

3 The Beginning of My Benedict Option 45

4 The Little Way of Hospitality 58

5 "Go and Do Likewise" (A Cheat Sheet of Events) 76

6 Doing Together What You Do Alone 82

7 Doing Publicly What You Do Privately 94

8 Home as a Center of Gravity 109

9 Welcoming the Stranger 122

10 "She Looks Well to the Ways of Her Household" (A Cheat Sheet of Logistics) 139

11 Returning to God 151

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