The Rule of St. Benedict: Chapter 50
"[W]hen the ideal [of community prayer, the Opus Dei,] is confronted by the real, Benedict opts for the sanctification of the real rather than the idealization of the holy," writes Sr. Joan in her commentary on Chapter 50. This little chapter is of central importance for those of us who seek to practice Benedictine disciplines outside of the cloister. We must be about the sanctification of the real, if we are to have any hope of staying remotely close to the path that our Father Benedict has laid out.
One way we sanctify the real is by finding the circumstances of our real life in stories of the Faith. This is how human beings have embodied the Divine Presence in the mundane settings we call "real" for thousands of years.
As Benedictines, our experience is shaped by the luminous Presence embodied by St. Benedict of Nursia, who teaches us that shaping our daily lives around prayer begins the process of sanctifying the real.