Another Benedict is my contribution to the conversation regarding Christianity and culture.  The title comes from the following final sentence from Alasdair MacIntyre’s influential book After Virtue:

        “We are waiting not for a Godot, but for another — doubtless very different — St. Benedict.”

MacIntyre believed that without practicing a specific set of virtues within the context of the tradition of a specific community that consensus on moral issues is impossible.  He believed that St. Benedict, as the principal exponent of monasticism in the West, was a prime example of someone who did just this.  He further believed that our culture today had descended into a state of decadence on par with the collapse of Roman civilization and culture in the late fifth century.  This is the world in which St. Benedict lived and founded his first monastic communities.

I discovered After Virtue shortly after I discovered St. Benedict through the monks at St. Martin’s Abbey in Lacey, WA.  I had already become convinced that monasticism was one of the best things I’d ever encountered and After Virtue connected all of my study of Western cultural history with St. Benedict–and my new-found Catholic faith.

Long story, short: I contemplated a monastic vocation for a time, but was also drawn to married life as well.  I ultimately embraced married life, but the monastic ethos never really left me.  Hence, the “Domestic Monastic” theme.  It’s really the theme of the last 20 years of my life.

%d bloggers like this: