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Monks at Work

Monks at Work

His common sense and deep understanding of human nature means St Benedict’s wisdom applies to every aspect of human life–not just the monastery.

Wherever people live and work together, St Benedict’s Rule can guide, enlighten and direct. Benedict’s emphasis on work is one of the first points in Western civilization in which work for its own sake is seen as dignified and worthy.

This article at Imaginative Conservative website shows how the Rule of St Benedict connects with modern day business concerns.

The three traditional vows may seem totally monastic, but underlying them are motivations and meaning which are more universal, and can be become the basic principles for good business practices. The root of the word obedience is the Latin for ‘listen.’ Benedict’s rule is interwoven with constant demands for the monk to listen. Indeed, the first word of the rule is ‘listen’. So the vow to obedience becomes the demand to listen. Every successful business person will begin by learning to listen. Once he has listened and learned, the successful manager will continue to listen. He will listen to the market, listen to his suppliers, listen to his customers and listen to his staff. For the Christian in business, listening is also a vital primary skill. The Christian businessman needs to listen to the voice of Spirit speaking through Scripture, through the Church, and through the lives of others. He will listen so that his business life will be an outworking of his Christian values and goals.

Go here to read the full article.

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