Dignity of Work

To appreciate the dignity of work in God's creation.Abbey Cross SJA Woodworking
"...they live by the labor of their hands."  R.B. 48

"...each will hasten to arrive at the Work of God"  R.B. 22.6

"Idleness is the enemy of the soul."  R.B. 48.1

Videos

Benedictine Wisdom in the Classroom and Beyond
by Fr. Rene McGraw

It's All God's Work by Sr. Mara Faulkner

Vocation, Not just Employment by Fr. Jonathan Licari

From Ancient Fire to a Humane Future by Richard Bresnahan

Vision and Values: A Design History of Saint John's by Br. Robin Pierzina

The Nature of Saint John's by Larry Haef & Jenny Kutter

Design of the Abbey Church by Br. David Paul Lange

Texts

Rule of Benedict, Chapter 48

Let Your Life Speak by Parker Palmer (available in Quad 241 & Alcuin Library)

Spirituality for Everyday Living by Brian Taylor, Ch. 2 (available in Quad 241 & Alcuin Library)

Benedictine Living: Reflections for Prayer and Meditation, Ch. 7 by Kate Ritger (available in Quad 241 & Clemens Library)

The Rule of Benedict: A Spirituality for the 21st Century by Joan Chittister, Ch. 48 (available in Quad 241 & Alcuin Library)

Reflections/Exercises

St. Benedict's Toolbox by Jane Tomaine, page 196-207

  • Tool #1: Ways to Bring Prayer and God's Presence Into Your Work
  • Tool #2: Exploring My Work
  • Tool #3: God in My Work
  • Tool #4: Banishing Work Doldrums
  • Tool #5: Is My Life in Balance?