People seeking a way to practice a more balanced life of prayer and work may find it in the 1,500 year old monastic Order of St. Benedict. The spiritual teachings of the earliest Egyptian desert fathers continues to be practiced today through the prayer lives of Benedictine monks, an ancient Catholic order credited with preserving western civilization during the dark ages. Modern Benedictine monks are fulfulling the same role in today’s spiritual dark ages.
In Oblate sessions at the abbey, Abbot Isaac teaches how to balance a life of prayer and work. Oblates are encouraged to pray with the monks and learn to incorporate the ancient monastic practices of lectio divina, the divine office, and the Rule of St. Benedict into their everyday lives.