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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. We are oblates of St. Andrew's Abbey.

Benedictines, like Catholic Workers, welcome each guest as Christ, preferring nothing to the love of Christ.

 St. Benedict icon used with permission of the artist, Sr. Mary Charles McGough, O.S.B.


Lectio Divina 

by Fr. Luke Dysinger, O.S.B. St. Andrew's Abbey

A very ancient art, practiced at one time by all Christians, is the technique known as lectio divina - a slow, contemplative praying of the Scriptures which enables the Bible, the Word of God, to become a means of union with God. This ancient practice has been kept alive in the Christian monastic tradition, and is one of the precious treasures of Benedictine monastics and oblates.

(Fr. Luke Dysinger's full article is available on the St. Andrew's Abbey Lectio Divina Page.)

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 monastic spirituality self-study course (including audio lectures) is also available from St. Andrew's Abbey at this link: