Ora et Labora

Someone “yelled” at me today because I checked my work email while on vacation. I chuckled because as soon as I pressed “send” I knew I could have waited to respond. I know he was joking…sort of, but it was so tempting to check on work-related things!

Benedictine monks follow the Rule of Saint Benedict. As a Benedictine oblate, I also try to observe this Rule. We practice “Ora et Labora”; prayer and work. It can be tempting to work too much, but there have been times in my life when I’ve poured out more than I’ve been filled. Sometimes it takes a friend or co-worker to help me be mindful of the importance of maintaining this balance. I know in my heart this is true. Let’s listen to and help each other.

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