The Rule of St. Benedict: Chapter 2, part 2
"The purpose of Benedictine spirituality is to gather equally committed adults for a journey through earthen darkness to the dazzling light that already flames in each of us, but in a hidden place left to each of us to find."
At the same time, our Father Benedict knows well that there is only so much that anyone can do to assist another on the inner journey. No one is relieved of the responsibility to do her own work, to face her own "earthen darkness" in her search for the hidden "dazzling light." But, as Benedictines, we are never expected to face such things alone.