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Listen with the ears of your heart.

St. Benedict, a 5th Century monk who wrote, The Rule of St. Benedict to guide his fellow monks in monastic living, entreated humankind to ‘listen with the ears of your heart’. 592 more words

Essential Journey

Listen With the Ear of Your Heart - Christine Valters Paintner 

“‘Listen with the ear of your heart’ is the first line of the Rule , an invitation to read the words that follow not just with the mind as one learns intellectually, but with the heart as one learns things of the soul.” 32 more words

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A Chorus of Angels

Ceiling painting in the nave of Melk Abbey depicting St. Benedict’s triumphal ascent to Heaven.  Austrian painter Johann Michael Rottmayr decorated the interior of the church of the monastery of Melk with frescoes and altarpieces (1716-1722). 13 more words


The Office, in the broad sense of the word, was prayed by the Christian Church from the dawn of her existence. Paul and Silas sang psalms in the prison in full voice so that other people could hear it (Acts 16:25).

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Quiet Space - Christine Valters Paintner 

“There is much emphasis on silence and listening closely, on only speaking when we have something to say, rather than trying to fill the quiet. Benedict knew we can hear things in the silence that otherwise gets drowned out with the daily hum. 53 more words

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The Mob.

I am searching for the “face of the divine” in the strangers circling me. I am searching to see them as more than the mob they have coalesced into. 979 more words


On Envy and St. Benedict

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood… (Eph 6:12)” 

As I continue on this journey on spiritual warfare, the relevance of sin as being the enjoyable workshop of the devil is becoming more and more clear. 983 more words

Spiritual Warfare