Benedictine life

Daily Reading for July 10 • St. Benedict of Nursia, c 540 (transferred)

Take care of everything.

Revere one another.

Eat and drink moderately.

Pray where you work.

Think deeply about life every day.


Sleep well.

Don’t demand the best of everything.

Pray daily.

Live as community.

A basic summary of the Rule of St. Benedict, found in The Rule of Benedict: Insights for the Ages by Joan Chittister (Crossroad, 1996).

Gracious and holy Father,

give us wisdom to perceive you,

intelligence to understand you,

diligence to seek you,

patience to wait for you,

eyes to behold you,

a heart to meditate on you,

and a life to proclaim you;

through the power of the Spirit of Jesus Christ our Lord.


A prayer of Benedict of Nursia, quoted in 2000 Years of Prayer, compiled by Michael Counsell. Copyright © 1999. Used by permission of Morehouse Publishing, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

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