"You must pray to him most earnestly to bring it to perfection."  R.B. Prologue

"Pray for your enemies out of love for Christ."  R.B. 4.72

"Prayer short and pure."  R.B. 20.4


Being Benedictine Across Generations by Jessie Bazan

Happiness: Benedictine Style by Sr. Michaela Hedican and Br. David Paul Lange

Meditating on Art: The Practice of Visio Divina by Elizabeth Johnson

John McCutcheon Shares by John McCutcheon

Lectio Divina: The Ancient Monastic Art of Praying with the Word by Br. David Paul Lange


Rule of Benedict, Chapter 20

Lectio Divina the Medieval Experience of Reading

Benedictine Prayer and Spirituality by Fr. Hilary Timmesh

Sacred Reading, the Ancient Art of Lectio Divina by Michael Casey (available in Quad 241 & Clemens Library)

The Breath of the Soul by Joan Chittister (available in Quad 241 and Clemens Library)

Meeting Christ in His Mysteries: A Benedictine Vision of the Spiritual Life by Gregory Collins (available in Quad 241 & Clemens Library)

Praying with Benedict by Sr. Katherine Howard (available in Quad 241 & Clemens Library)

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

Prayer & Community: The Benedictine Tradition by Fr. Columba Stewart (available in Quad 241 & Clemens Library)

Praying with Benedict by Korneel Vermeiren (available in Quad 241 & Alcuin Library)


St. Benedict's Toolbox by Jane Tomaine, page 48-55

  • Tool #1: A Format for Holy Reading (Lectio Divina)
  • Tool #2: Establishing a Practice of Holy Reading
  • Tool #3: Scriptural Resources for Holy Reading
  • Tool #4: Using a Daily Lectionary
  • Tool #5: Using Nonscriptural Texts

Prayer hands