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Lighting Culture's Beacon

There is a story about a medieval English king who, curious about what the monks who lived in a tiny island church did all day, asked and received this answer: "They light a light, so that ships do not run aground on the rocks, and all day they pray the Daily Office."

Monastic spirituality, perhaps best known through the Benedictine tradition and the Rule of Benedict that shapes it, has had this role for 1500 years: prayer and work to light a flame so that the world does not run aground and destroy itself.

- Adapted from Greg Garrett, "Lenten Lessons: The Wisdom of St. Benedict"