Modified Rule of Benedict

benedictFor many of the moms with whom I have journeyed a common theme appears: How can I be spiritual and a mother at the same time?

I am on Yahoo Groups and one of them,  spiritual_direction is an excellent resource for those of us who are spiritual directors.  Many of the contributors share books, websites, techniques  and other resources they thought would be helpful; one of the contributor: Donna Arthur shared a book she found on the rule of Benedict, a modernized rule called: “Crafting A Rule of Life” by Stephen A. Macchia.  It is 12 sessions of a contemporary approach to St. Benedict’s Rule with a biblical and historical reflection on each of the themes.

Here is her post:

Dear All..

How are you doing with thinking/working out a “Rule of life?”

There is a really good book that addresses this discipline called “Crafting
A Rule of Life” by Stephen A. Macchia. It is 12 sessions of a contemporary approach to St.
Benedict’s Rule with a biblical and historical reflection on each of the themes.

He writes “The opposite of wasting your time is to live by a single,
soul-satisfying passion for the supremacy of God in all things.”

Here are samples (rules or rhythms) to incorporate into our daily lives:

  • Upon waking, dedicate the day to Him.
  • When going to bed at night, confess all known sin.
  • Worship the Lord alone and with others this week.
  • Don’t hold grudges-forgive others quickly.
  • Eat sensibly
  • Pray for others
  • Give all my wandering or troubling thoughts to my Savior.

Just a thought to help you keep company with Jesus this week.


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Is a spiritual director working helping moms find God in the everyday. She has been a spiritual director since 1998: worked as a Director of Religious Education for Holy Cross Parish(2000-2005), was Director of Project Rachel, a healing ministry for Post Abortive women(1999-2000). Patty worked a social worker for Catholic Social Services (1988 - 1995) Then studied for spiritual direction at the Dominican Center of Religious Studies, DeWitt Michigan

She is married 20 years and has four children

She has a BS/BA in social work from Aquinas College, CSD Certified Spiritual Director


  1. Very cool to see you are blogging on Benedict’s Rule and the family. Have you seen the book “The Family Cloister”?

    Hope you’ll click over to my blog some time. I’ve been posting on aspects of Benedict’s Rule that shaped monastic communities for (paradoxical) participation in mission — with the thought that Christian communities today can learn from these things.

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