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How to Live

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Judith Valente

Although it was written in the 6th century, St. Benedict's Rule is still a valuable source of wisdom. Benedict wanted to provide guidelines for the newest members of his monastery to live a peaceful life, including paying attention to your heart, avoiding judgment, and letting go of your ego. In his opinion, it is also essential to maintain a balance between work, leisure, and contemplation. This is advice for anyone seeking greater purpose and meaning in their lives. Consider your understanding of "conversatio" as a Benedictine value. According to Saint Benedict, "conversatio" is the path to virtuous living. Yet he warns that staying committed to it is not easy. Identify areas in your life where changing paths could serve you well. Whenever you disagree with other people, consider their struggles. By contemplating these issues each day, as the monks do, you may be able to develop a greater sense of understanding and tolerance.

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In How to Live (2018), we explore St. Benedict's teachings and how the practices he applied to 6th-century life in monasteries can benefit our lives today. You will learn how to cultivate silence, become a better leader, and discover how to overcome modern-day challenges through The Rule of St. Benedict.

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Although it was written in the 6th century, St. Benedict's Rule is still a valuable source of wisdom. Benedict wanted to provide guidelines for the newest members of his monastery to live a peaceful life, including paying attention to your heart, avoiding judgment, and letting go of your ego. In his opinion, it is also essential to maintain a balance between work, leisure, and contemplation. This is advice for anyone seeking greater purpose and meaning in their lives. Consider your understanding of "conversatio" as a Benedictine value. According to Saint Benedict, "conversatio" is the path to virtuous living. Yet he warns that staying committed to it is not easy. Identify areas in your life where changing paths could serve you well. Whenever you disagree with other people, consider their struggles. By contemplating these issues each day, as the monks do, you may be able to develop a greater sense of understanding and tolerance.

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Saint Benedict aimed to help his community understand each other better by teaching them how to listen intently.

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For a fulfilling life, you must be aware of your surroundings and how death is part of life.

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Peace comes from humility and silence.

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You can achieve a better balance in life with the help of poetry and prayer.

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Living in peace requires hospitality and forgiveness.

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