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FROM THE EDITOR
A Devoted Life: From the Editor - Rediscovering Benedict
"You have not labored in vain"
After a crushing political defeat, William Wilberforce nearly gave up his fight to abolish the slave trade. But a life-changing letter from John Newton sent this Daniel back into the lion's den.
Alone or in community, early monks and nuns sought to follow Christ in a whole-hearted and vividly countercultural way.
A Devoted Life: Recommended Resources
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Unceasing Prayer in an Uncertain World
As the peace and unity of Europe collapsed, the monastery of Cluny pointed a new way forward.
PEOPLE WORTH KNOWING
Faith of Our Mothers
The history of the church would have looked very different without these famous moms.
A Devoted Life: Did You Know?
Interesting and little-known facts about Benedictine monasticism.
A Devoted Life: Christian History Timeline
From its roots in the early Eastern church, through the Benedictine centuries, to the birth of new kinds of religious orders in the Middle Ages
The Original Do, Re, Mi
Julie Andrews made it popular, but the real musical genius behind this singing aid was a medieval monk.
The Blessing of Benedict
The "Father of Western Monasticism" spent his life teaching spiritual beginners about kindness, community, and prayer.
For centuries, monks were at the center of the Western missionary enterprise.
Under Charlemagne's influence, the monasteries shaped the future of Western education, trade, and even handwriting.
Re-Monking the Church
Many Catholics and Protestants are looking back to Benedict for the community and spiritual intensity they can't find in modern culture.
Praying in the New World
Grace is in the Details
An 18th-century book gave Richard Foster new eyes for the present moment. The ordinary had never looked so extraordinary.
A Life of Listening
Benedict's Rule became the gold standard of monastic life.
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