Many Catholic Workers are attracted to the Benedictine way of
life. Dorothy Day was a Benedictine Oblate who exemplified the
twin Benedictine goals ora et
labora, pray and work.
Benedictines are also challenged in the
Rule of St. Benedict to listen. Listening to God's voice in the
practice of Lectio Divina, a way of meditating on sacred
texts, is central to Benedictine spirituality.
A beginner's guide to
the art of
Lectio Divina is provided in this link to St. Andrew's
Abbey (our home monastery); we also have a
Lectio Divina page.
A monastic spirituality self-study
course (including audio lectures) is also available from St.
Andrew's Abbey at this link:
Benedictines, like Catholic Workers,
welcome each guest as Christ, preferring nothing to the love of
Icon used with permission of the
artist, Sr. Mary Charles McGough, O.S.B.
Dorothy Day, Benedictine Oblate (PDF)
The Art of Lectio Divina
Liturgy of the Hours
Searchable Rule of
Monastic Spirituality Self-Study Materials