Don’t Just Pray and Work—Read — By: Crisis Magazine

Often presented as a quintessential summation of the Rule of St. Benedict, the phrase ora et labora is actually of medieval origin, being found nowhere in the Rule itself. Yet this distillation of the Benedictine life misses an essential component that even a cursory reading of the Rule reveals: the place of Lectio Divina and study in the life of prayer and work. In the Rule, a monk’s time is…


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