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      How to Live: What the rule of St. Benedict Teaches Us About Happiness, Meaning, and Community
Judith Valente

The Rule of St. Benedict (the rule) arose in an era when a great civilization was threatened by violence, economic forces that favored the wealthy, political leaders that lacked the trust of the public, and rampant xenophobia. The events that occurred in sixth-century Rome were much those like on the nightly news.Benedict was not a priest or religious official. He was just a young man disillusioned by a corrupt society that lacked compassion. He had a vision of a society in which human values reigned supreme; a vision of compassion, harmony, and hope.This is a book about living—not just surviving. It is a book about how to live a balanced, meaningful, and conscious life rooted in the ancient and time-tested wisdom of the rule.Valente's book reflects her training as a journalist. The narrative is engaging, conversational, and filled with anecdotes. It reflects the sensibility of someone who has struggled with balancing work and family with finding true meaning and happiness that is not dependent on externals.In 21 chapters, she explores the key elements of the rule and clearly demonstrates how incorporating this ancient wisdom can change the quality and texture of our lives. Included here are discussions of humility, waking up, silence, simplicity, trust, prayer, forgiveness, building consensus, listening, and living with awe. These fresh and profound explorations are inspiring, thoughtful, and motivational.This book is aimed at beginner and mature spiritual seekers alike. It should also appeal to non-traditionally spiritual people—the so-called “nones” (people who list “none of the above” as their formal religion), who are seeking a saner way to live in an increasingly violent, divided, and confusing world.

Copyright (#u81b00fb6-80c6-523a-806b-8e050cc22ff3)

William Collins

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First published in Great Britain in 2018 by William Collins

This edition published by arrangement with Hampton Roads Publishing Company, Inc. Charlottesville, VA 22906. Distributed by Red Wheel/Weiser, LLC

Copyright © 2018 by Judith Valente

Foreword copyright © 2018 Joan Chittister

Afterword copyright © 2018 Martin E. Marty

Judith Valente asserts the moral right to be identified as the author of this work in accordance with the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988

Cover design by Heike Schuessler

Interior by Maureen Forys, Happenstance Type-O-Rama

All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the prior permission of the publishers.

This book is sold subject to the condition that it shall not, by way of trade or otherwise, be lent, re-sold, hired out or otherwise circulated without the publisher’s prior consent in any form of binding or cover other than that in which it is published and without a similar condition including this condition being imposed on the subsequent purchaser.

Source ISBN: 9780008300418

eBook Edition © November 2018 ISBN: 9780008308292

Version: 2018-09-14

PRAISE FOR HOW TO LIVE (#u81b00fb6-80c6-523a-806b-8e050cc22ff3)

“This is a timely book for troubled times, showing how the values and practices established by St. Benedict in the 6th century can help us lead happier lives. A self-professed workaholic, the author allows the reader to see how her life has changed for the better since she took this ancient wisdom to heart.”

—KATHLEEN NORRIS, author of The Cloister Walk, Dakota: A Spiritual Geography, Acedia and Me, and Amazing Grace

“To have such a gifted writer live and report through the lens of The Rule of St. Benedict is a blessing for all of us. Judith Valente offers more than perspective. Her life’s work is monastic. To read, reflect, and report is the role of a professional journalist. As an author and journalist, Valente has The Rule of Benedict for her editor. What a gift for us.”

—MARY MARGARET FUNK, author of Thoughts Matter, Tools Matter, Humility Matters, and Out of the Depths

“Judith Valente has a knack for making the ancient Rule of St. Benedict come alive as a guidebook for today. With many examples and personal anecdotes, her presentation is insightful, delightful, and very honest. You will find yourself chuckling, but then checking to see where you’ve been hit.”

—JEROME KODELL, author of Don’t Trust the Abbot: Musings from the Monastery and Life Lessons from the Monastery

“Like all of Judith Valente’s writing, this beautiful actualization of The Rule of St. Benedict is accessible, inviting, challenging, inspiring, and wise. Even if you’ve never once set foot in a Benedictine monastery, this book will help you live a more contemplative and centered life in the busiest of worlds—your own.”

—JAMES MARTIN, SJ, author of Jesus: A Pilgrimage

“How to Live is a warm, inviting, and accessible introduction to the wisdom of Saint Benedict and its continuing relevance for our time. Whether you are new to The Rule or have been following the Benedictine path for many seasons, this book will enrich you with its insights and charm.”

—CARL MCCOLMAN, author of The Little Book of Christian Mysticism and Answering the Contemplative Call

“For those of you who suspect that it is “high time to rise from sleep” this book holds much promise. Filled with the practical wisdom of St. Benedict, it is a work that can help you discern ways to enrich your daily life. With keen insights into monastic living, the author shares her own journey of discovering that The Rule of Benedict is not just for monks.”

—MACRINA WIEDERKEHR, author of Seven Sacred Pauses

Dedication (#u81b00fb6-80c6-523a-806b-8e050cc22ff3)

For Thomasita Homan, OSB, who brought me to The Rule.

And, as always, for my husband, Charley.

Contents

Cover (#u621b891a-13ff-5580-9248-09c1626ef764)

Title Page (#uf49c703c-9092-5f80-ab52-cc7eefa7a035)

Copyright

Praise for How to Live

Dedication

Acknowledgments

Foreword

1. Yearning for Life: On Beginning (#u503031d9-8b88-5f54-a12f-1a2d04288c1f)

2. Listen with the Ear of the Heart: On Paying Attention (#ua5f4489d-5a2f-56e2-ab91-e87df2f392bc)

3. Run with the Light: On Waking Up (#u38134baf-46b7-57cf-b22d-eb829dcb65e5)

4. Is There Life Before Death? On Living Fully (#uedd3049e-c986-5483-b9b8-47aa540be8ae)

5. The Tools for Good Works: On Peaceful Living (#u6310cbfa-3324-50df-800f-83bc1d9f9694)

6. Restraint of Speech: On Silence (#litres_trial_promo)

7. “Have Patience with Me”: On Humility (#litres_trial_promo)

8. The Times for Saying Alleluia: On Prayer (#litres_trial_promo)

9. Sleeping with Knives: On Trust (#litres_trial_promo)

10. Linking Arms: On Community (#litres_trial_promo)

11. Workaholism and Over-Achieverism: On Finding Balance (#litres_trial_promo)

12. To Make Amends: On Forgiving (#litres_trial_promo)

13. The Guests at Our Door: On Hospitality (#litres_trial_promo)

14. Do I Need This Now? On Living Simply (#litres_trial_promo)

15. Seeking the True Self: On Facing Our Faults (#litres_trial_promo)
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