|Awareness of God||
To look for God not in the abstract but in the ordinary events of every day.
“We believe that the divine presence is everywhere.” — Rule of Benedict 19
To become who we are by our relationships with others.
“Let all things be common to all.” — Rule of Benedict 33
|Dignity of Work||
To appreciate the dignity of work in God’s creation.
"They live by the labor of their hands.” — Rule of Benedict 48
To offer warmth, acceptance and joy in welcoming others.
“Let all...be received as Christ.” — Rule of Benedict 53
To work toward a just order in our immediate environment and in the larger society.
“That in all things God may be glorified” — Rule of Benedict 57
To hear keenly and sensitively the voices of persons and all created beings.
“Listen...with the ear of your heart.” — Rule of Benedict Prologue
To be content with living simply and finding balance in work, prayer and leisure.
“All things are to be done with moderation.” — Rule of Benedict 48
To strive for peace on all levels: with self, others and God.
— Rule of Benedict Prologue
|Respect for Persons||
To respect each person regardless of class, background or professional skill.
“No one is to pursue what is judged best for oneself, but instead, what is better for someone else.” — Rule of Benedict 72
To cultivate rootedness and a shared sense of mission.
“To stand firm in one’s promises.” — Rule of Benedict 58
To appreciate and to care lovingly for all the goods of this place.
“Regard all utensils as if they were the sacred vessels of the altar.” — Rule of Benedict 31