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Being Benedictine in the New Normal

Being Benedictine in the New Normal

This is an eCourse about the Benedictine way of life in light of the challenges of our current moment. These challenges particularly affect oblates and seekers who are looking to continue to grow, connect, and nurture their inner-monks, while being physically distanced from monasteries and spiritual communities. What are some of the practical ways we can incorporate our Benedictine values into the 'new normal'? 

eCourse Facilitator: Judith Valente is an award-winning author, poet and journalist and oblate of Mount St. Scholastica Monastery in Atchison, KS. She is a former staff writer for The Wall Street Journal and on-air religion correspondent for PBS-TV. She is the author of several spirituality titles, including How to Live: What The Rule of St. Benedict Teaches Us about Happiness, Meaning and Community; Atchison Blue: A Search for Silence, A Spiritual Home and A Living Faith; and The Art of Pausing: Meditations for the Overworked and Overwhelmed, as well as two collections of poetry.

This eCourse runs February 1-19, 2021
You will receive 3 emails a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, with new content and reflection questions to consider. Additionally, you will have access to eCourse content for six months after it concludes.

Note for Oblates or other self-organized small groups:
We hope that this eCourse is an experience for those with Benedictine hearts to deepen in your spiritual life as well as in your connections to community during this transition into a “new normal.” As such, you can take this eCourse as an individual or you can choose to self-organize a small group to discuss the course alongside the written posts, using the session topics and reflection questions to gather with others to go deeper together. For example, with a small group of friends each taking this eCourse, you can meet as a group weekly via Zoom or other similar platforms to talk about how these topics are stirring your heart and imagination. If you have questions, reach out to