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Published on January 11, 2008

Author: edithosb

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Slides from morning portion of a retreat for the Oblates of St. Paul's Monastery, St. Paul, MN

Holy Work and Holy Leisure Oblate Retreat Saint Paul’s Monastery 29 September 2007 Sister Edith Bogue, OSB

Work Work done in the Benedictine tradition is supposed to be regular; it is supposed to be productive, it is supposed to be worthwhile, but it is not supposed to be impossible. Joan Chittister

Why Work? God works. God’s work never ends We are made in God’s image Jesus rested in order to go out in ministry We work to survive Food and shelter Comfort and joy To learn and grow

God works.

God’s work never ends

We are made in God’s image

Jesus rested in order to go out in ministry

We work to survive

Food and shelter

Comfort and joy

To learn and grow

Hobbes Index

We Work In and For Community For most of human history, parents and children worked side by side, building their common fate and future. Beyond our own needs, we work to be able to give Our joy in giving is an echo of the divine in ourselves Almsgiving awakens our hearts to a needy world We work for the common good

For most of human history, parents and children worked side by side, building their common fate and future.

Beyond our own needs, we work to be able to give

Our joy in giving is an echo of the divine in ourselves

Almsgiving awakens our hearts to a needy world

We work for the common good

Distraction Complexity Work and family Work and church Work and recreation Expanding demands of work The reach of work Salaried work lacks the boundaries of hours Cell phone, text message, e-mail Telecommuting Pieper, Leisure: The Basis of Culture (p. 66)

Complexity

Work and family

Work and church

Work and recreation

Expanding demands of work

The reach of work

Salaried work lacks the boundaries of hours

Cell phone, text message, e-mail

Telecommuting

Pieper, Leisure: The Basis of Culture (p. 66)

 

Work productivity has increased many times Predicted outcomes Fewer working hours More vacation Stable incomes Actual outcomes Longer working hours Two jobs Rising incomes Juliet Schor, The Overworked American Over-work

Work productivity has increased many times

Predicted outcomes

Fewer working hours

More vacation

Stable incomes

Actual outcomes

Longer working hours

Two jobs

Rising incomes

Juliet Schor, The Overworked American

Procrastination Fatigued Overwhelmed Confused Fear of starting Fear of failure Fear of success Needing to play Self-blame Self-loathing Manual Labor – p. 20 - Silvanus

Fatigued

Overwhelmed

Confused

Fear of starting

Fear of failure

Fear of success

Needing to play

Self-blame

Self-loathing

Manual Labor – p. 20 - Silvanus

Identity Human doings, not human beings. Careers before family. Crisis in retirement or unemployment Self-image as worker Who am I, without my job? This is not how God designed our work.

Human doings, not human beings.

Careers before family.

Crisis in retirement or unemployment

Self-image as worker

Who am I, without my job?

This is not how God designed our work.

What in my work brings life to me and to the community? What in my work brings stress or distress to me, the community, or the larger world?

Holy Work

Scripture Work is mentioned hundreds of times Gods work is mentioned as often as human work Building, farming, restoring what was pillaged Religion is work: pilgrimage, sacrifice, prayer Jesus’ parables often include work Workers entrusted with masters’ goods Women working in the home Honest and dishonest workers Work is not directed to wealth. Martha is “distracted” by her work.

Work is mentioned hundreds of times

Gods work is mentioned as often as human work

Building, farming, restoring what was pillaged

Religion is work: pilgrimage, sacrifice, prayer

Jesus’ parables often include work

Workers entrusted with masters’ goods

Women working in the home

Honest and dishonest workers

Work is not directed to wealth.

Martha is “distracted” by her work.

 

The Holy Rule Most of The Rule is about doing work Opus Dei , the work of prayer Hospitality, table service, mutual & community service Some ask, where is the spirituality of The Rule ? The works of the monastic life are the tools of the spiritual craft (Ch. 4) Christ’s presence so permeates the world that the Benedictine encounters Christ dozens of times each day – and can serve him. Work is assigned based on personality (cellarer, porter), skills (reader, artistans) & strength (sick) Work of hospitality, and to “speak of holy things” (Saint Scholastica)

Most of The Rule is about doing work

Opus Dei , the work of prayer

Hospitality, table service, mutual & community service Some ask, where is the spirituality of The Rule ?

The works of the monastic life are the tools of the spiritual craft (Ch. 4)

Christ’s presence so permeates the world that the Benedictine encounters Christ dozens of times each day – and can serve him.

Work is assigned based on personality (cellarer, porter), skills (reader, artistans) & strength (sick)

Work of hospitality, and to “speak of holy things” (Saint Scholastica)

 

Spiritual Tradition Abbas and Ammas of the desert tradition Manual labor + prayer Work the sign of the monk Works of mercy Foundation of many orders Focal point of many Christian organizations Work of witness & mission

Abbas and Ammas of the desert tradition

Manual labor + prayer

Work the sign of the monk

Works of mercy

Foundation of many orders

Focal point of many Christian organizations

Work of witness & mission

Working for Peace Seek peace, and pursue it. Grumbling Make peace Show genuine love Seek interior peace Conversatio , conversion of life Peace in doing good, not outcomes Peace is a gift we can seek, but not win.

Seek peace, and pursue it.

Grumbling

Make peace

Show genuine love

Seek interior peace

Conversatio , conversion of life

Peace in doing good, not outcomes

Peace is a gift we can seek, but not win.

Work of God First work is prayer: Opus Dei Liturgy – the work of the people Eucharist – giving thanks and praise Vocation – called by God Early Protestants developed the concept of calling in the lay life (not only religious or clerics) The work that is in front of you is the work that God has given you this day. Gifts are given for the good of all (1 Cor. 12) Discernment: who and what does God call you to be through this work?

First work is prayer: Opus Dei

Liturgy – the work of the people

Eucharist – giving thanks and praise

Vocation – called by God

Early Protestants developed the concept of calling in the lay life (not only religious or clerics)

The work that is in front of you is the work that God has given you this day.

Gifts are given for the good of all (1 Cor. 12)

Discernment: who and what does God call you to be through this work?

Working with a Whole Heart “ Are you hastening toward your heavenly home? Then, with Christ’s help, keep this little rule that we have written for beginners. After that, you can set out for the loftier summits of the teaching and virtues mentioned above, and under God’s protection, you will reach them. Amen.” Rule, Chapter 73

 

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