About the St Benedict’s Wisdom and Rhythms of Life course
For St Benedict, the healthiest way of seeing God is embracing ordinary rhythms of life as part of seeing God in every aspect of our lives. In this short course, we will explore the rhythms of life as a space in which we can encounter God.
No epithet captures Benedictine spirituality more aptly than healthy, in the sense of respecting and promoting the human flourishing of the whole person. Many modern readers are nonplussed by the extent to which a spiritual text like the Rule is far more concerned with the body than with inner life. Indeed, Benedict spends most of his time talking about everyday rhythms of life: eating, sleeping, working, reading, talking, smiling, and especially toiling in community life.
All these factors are deeply spiritual in Benedict’s mind. For him, the heathiest way of seeking God is embracing these rhythms of life in a regular and peaceful way as part of the primacy of the Opus Dei, the “work of God”, that is the liturgical priority given to the listening of the Word of God. This enables monks and nuns to seek God in every aspect of their lives. In this day course Fr Luigi Gioia will help us explore healthy rhythms of life as spaces in which we can seek and encounter God.
About the tutor
Fr Luigi Gioia was a Benedictine Monk for 25 years in Italy and France and is now Assistant Priest and Head of Formation at the Anglican Parish of St Paul Knightsbridge in London. He was a professor of systematic theology at the Pontifical University of Sant’Anselmo in Rome for many years and now is a research associate at the Von Hügel Institute for Critical Catholic Inquiry at Cambridge University (UK). A retreat leader in several countries, he is the author of several books of spirituality, including Say It to God: In Search of Prayer (the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent Book 2018), Touched by God: The Way to Contemplative Prayer (2018) and The Wisdom of St Benedict. Monastic Spirituality and the Life of the Church (2020)