For more than one thousand five hundred years, believers from all Christian traditions have looked to Saint Benedict, the patriarch of Western monasticism, for spiritual wisdom. And rightly so. His rule has shown how one may experience a simple, holy, and common-sense life, despite the busy pace of our daily existence.
The latest addition to Liguori's popular series of seasonal meditation books provides not only Scripture readings for Lent and Easter, but pairs them with a daily selection from the cherished writings of Saint Benedict. This book encourages readers to set aside time each day to reflect upon a specific Scripture passage while providing a suggested activity for Christian living during the Lenten season.
In Lent and Easter seasons, when we focus on Christ's great sacrifice for our salvation, we can renew our attention to the many ways in which our own lives can model his and be other-centered. And like Saint Benedict, we can come to know God's spirit through the habit of prayer and meditation.
Judith Sutera, OSB, a member of the monastery of Mount Saint Scholastica in Atchison, Kansas, was one of the first women in the United States to receive a master's degree in monastic theology. She is a prolific writer and serves on the adjunct faculty of Saint Paul School of Theology, a seminary of the United Methodist Church, located in Kansas City.