The working title is Pray, Study, Work – taken from the counsel of St. Benedict in his Rule.
The basic premise is this: There are three major dimensions to the Faith: the intellectual/theological, the mystical/emotional, and the servant/practical. Each of us needs to develop each these dimensions in order to serve, first of all, as a microcosm of the Church in the World, and secondly, as effective Christians, and finally, to best prepare for Heaven.
Each of these dimensions helps to shape and balance the other two. Without the other two, any one can develop attributes that are unhealthy and counterproductive.
Each of us is particularly gifted or shaped by circumstances to be keen on one of these dimensions and, likely, to neglect at least one of the others (for me, as an ex-Quaker, the weakness is the practical. Want to get me out of the room? Say, “Social Justice.”)
Stay tuned. I’m not sure how much info I’ll share as I write – don’t want to give the store away before I’m ready. But several writer friends have recommended that I go ahead and blog now – to stimulate your interest and to kick myself in the butt to get more work done on it. So here it is.
Pray for me – it’s slow going. Thanks.
God bless you. If it’s God’s will it will work out. I guess the only way to really know that though is to work it out 🙂
I’ll look forward to hearing more. Benedictine spirituality has always “pulled” at me, but it’s pretty scarce up in my neck of the woods.
I too love Benedictine spirituality and am an Oblate. I shall certainly pray for you. A xx