How to be a Monastic & Not Leave Your Day Job

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Paraclete Press, 2006 - Religion - 119 pages
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Dorothy Day was an oblate while she lived in the heart of New York City. So was the French poet, Paul Claudel. Kathleen Norris is an oblate, and so was Elena Lucrezia Cornaro Piscopia, the first woman in Europe to earn a Ph.D. What connects them all? There are at least ten thousand oblates in the United States today (no one knows for sure how many), and each of them is connected in meaningful ways to a monastery or abbey. Most oblates are ordinary lay people from various Christian traditions. They are linked together by common appreciation for the Rule of St. Benedict. Originally written for monks, the principles in the Rule may be applied by everyone else---and in today's hectic, changing world, being an oblate offers a rich spiritual connection to the stability and wisdom of monastic life. This essential guide explains how people who live and work in "the world" are still invited to balance work with prayer, cultivate interdependence with others, practice hospitality, and otherwise practice their spirituality like monks.

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Review: How to Be a Monastic and Not Leave Your Day Job: An Invitation to Oblate Life

User Review  - Candace Simar - Goodreads

I loved this book. I first came across Benet Tvedten's writing in the Lake Region Review where he had a humorous short story about life in a monastery. This book is an easy-read, captivating look into ... Read full review

Review: How to Be a Monastic and Not Leave Your Day Job: An Invitation to Oblate Life

User Review  - Heidi - Goodreads

This is fine, but not as good as Esther De Waal, Kathleen Norris, etc. There are some interesting nuggets about oblates (there will soon be more Benedictine oblates in the world than Benedictine ... Read full review

About the author (2006)

Brother Benet Tvedten, O.S.B., is a member of Blue Cloud Abbey in Marvin, South Dakota, where he serves as the Director of Oblates. He is also the author of The View from a Monastery and How to Be a Monastic and Not Leave your Day Job: An Invitation to Oblate Life published by Paraclete Press.

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