Retreats. We have all these good things to share with the whole of God’s family. 43). Benedictine Rhythm of Life. The monk more perfectly conforms himself to Christ in a kind of second baptism, a second death, and indeed a second resurrection which is his religious profession of the three ancient vows of obedience, stability,4 and conversatio morum5. Obedience presupposes and fosters personal maturity and genuine freedom. "Anyone who wants to know more about the holy man and how he lived, should look at the Rule, for the holy man could not have taught other than he lived." It is the vows which solidify the monk in his chosen and given vocation. Monks came too and knowing the true monastic spirit of this "man of God" pressed the young Benedict into becoming their abbot. We might then say that the principle means of all religious and Christians of realizing this solemn duty of returning to the Father is by imitating their heavenly King, particularly in His perfect obedience which befits us as subjects. Copyright © 2020 Benedictines of the Strict Observance, "Let him who is to be received make in the oratory, in the presence of all, a promise of stability, conversion of manners, and obedience, before God and His saints.". Though hidden from the world for a time, his holiness shined as a bright beacon in the dark times in which he lived. The monastic charism of the Benedictine Order bears witness to Jesus’s mandate to pray always. The importance of the Benedictine charism is evident in its power to elevate the being mode of life and shut down (or at least slow) the analytical mode of life aimed at investigating means and ends, predicting outcomes, or examining premises and conclusions. St. Benedict, filled with the Spirit of God alone and completely detached of the things of this world, was the "undivided man" and as he is called again by St. Gregory the Great, the man who "lived with himself." Knowing that we are firmly bound to the Congregation wherever we are sent, we are strengthened in the fulfillment of our common task. For the rest, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever modest, whatsoever just, whatsoever holy, whatsoever lovely, whatsoever of good fame, if there be any virtue, if any praise of discipline, think on these things. "Let him who is to be received make in the oratory, in the presence of all, a promise of stability, conversion of manners, and obedience, before God and His saints." For the Benedictine, there is no community life without the liturgical life. (Dialogues of St. Gregory). When laws are enacted by just and holy men we are able to interpret the law and the legislator one by the other. Though at times rigorous to our modern minds, the Rule was and is the most tender hand of a loving father guiding our feet along the narrow and dangerous path toward salvation. Hearken, O my son, to the precepts of thy master, and incline the ear of thy hear; willingly receive and faithfully comply with the admonition of thy loving father, that thou mayest return by the labor of obedience to Him from Whom thou hast departed by the sloth of disobedience. Monastery Photos. The charism entrusted to Benedictines is the call to seek God in cenobitic (monastic) community, to praise God through prayer and ministry, and to listen with eagerness to the Spirit’s call into the un-known future. This then is the life of the monk, namely: the praise of God, to glorify Him in all things. And that I live now in the flesh: I live in the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and delivered himself for me. Yet this worship must be interior. We are told by the Church father and doctor St. Irenaeus of Lyon “the glory of God is the living man.” What man more than our Lord Jesus Christ himself may we consider living, He who is the firstborn from the dead, the Living Bread, the Life and the Resurrection? “When all those come together, working in a team, you really see the beauty of the charism of having that spiritual family. In a religious community, "charism" is the particular contribution that each religious order, congregation or family and its individual members embody. With the apostle he declares "And I live, now not I; but Christ liveth in me. There were two key questions that Saint Vincent had to answer: Who is Jesus? After a year, the small house in Tondo was not big enough to accommodate the growing number of pupils. We also have Augustinian Nuns, and they follow the same charism and spirituality. As Missionary Benedictine Sisters with our particular charism of prayer, community cultural, and ethnic diversity, and our commitment to respect persons and creation, we believe our call at this time is to:      ~Deepen and share our Benedictine spirituality Â.      ~Respond to the critical needs of society with emphasis on the poor, the marginalized, and the oppressed. This quote from the Holy Monk and Sovereign Pontiff Gregory gives us an interesting perspective which we ought to take. - 3:318 . The Lord assumed our human flesh and prayed in the selfsame flesh that we might know how to pray. The just saint knowing the wickedness of their hearts shattered his poisoned cup by a blessing and returned to his holy retirement. The Lord grants through the scripture and the liturgy the words to express what we ourselves are not able. It developed out of De Sales’ experience as bishop of a small diocese and advisor to a wide variety of people who were interested in living out their faith in their daily lives.