The first time I that read the Holy Rule of St. Benedict, I was particularly struck by the adaptability of the Rule to family life. This is not to say that a family should follow the Rule to a T. Rather, in our home life we should emulate the virtues that are needed for the particular roles in a monastery. Also, a structured routine of prayer, work, and planned relaxation is key for the formation of holiness. I have found that our whole family is happier when we have a routine, and that our routine helps us all learn the discipline required for forming virtuous habits.
One of our good college friends will soon be joining a monastery, and
in discussing his future life, I asked him about the daily routine at
the monastery. He described his day of waking early to pray, to eat
breakfast, to pray, to work, to pray again, to pray more, to eat the
afternoon meal, and then what they call “the Little Silence” (as opposed
to “the Great Silence” at night)...
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