Joan Chittister Book Discussion


Chapter 13 & 14: Monastic Practices and Peace

Monastic Practices: The Way of Conversion
Peace: Sign of the Disarmed Heart

1. In Chapter 13, Sister Joan writes, “For the Benedictine, silence, custom, the common table, statio, lectio, manual labor, and stewardship are the tools of the spiritual craft.” All of these “tools” can be incorporated by people who possess a monastic heart, but don’t necessarily live in a monastery. Benedictine life is for people who are in families, or live by themselves, or are in intentional communities. Which of the “tools” that Sister Joan described, can you apply to your present circumstances? Are there any “tools” that you would like to incorporate into your daily life?

2. To summarize the chapter on peace, Sister Joan writes, “the Rule of Benedict offers a model of peace that depends on being gentle with ourselves, gentle with the other, and gentle with the earth.” She captures this vision of Benedictine nonviolence in a series of statements that begin with the word “Imagine” (page 188).

Read through these statements and write a few of your own, imagining a world where Benedictine spirituality has taken root.

Please share your reflections here.

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