The Rule of St. Benedict: Chapter 3, part 2
Part of what it means for us to bear the title "Benedictine" is for us to accept the Rule of St. Benedict as a rule, or a standard, by which we measure our life choices. This does not imply that we subject ourselves to a simplistic, one-to-one application of the Rule, but rather that we each submit ourselves to the authority of the Rule instead of to our "own heart's fancy."
Such submission takes place in the realm of practice in community. There is no Benedictine spirituality without the Daily Office prayed within relationship to a vowed community in some form or another. Prayer, balanced with work and study, in the course of a daily schedule, creates the conditions that form us into people who are at home where God is at home and whose decisions reflect the values of God's household.