Benedictine life is seeking God and responding to Him in a life of prayer. This inner dynamism is really a whole way of life ordered from beginning to end to facilitate habitual union with God. It is not simply a matter of praying from time to time, alternating prayer with other activities, but of directing one's whole life to this end. His sensitivity to God's presence leads the monk to gaze with wonder and gratitude upon the gracious deeds God has wrought, not only in history, but also in his own life. It is the monk's primary duty to seek God.
The man who consecrates his life to God as a Benedictine monk finds holiness in all tasks, transforming his job into his prayer. Virtually every monk at Saint Anselm Abbey has some type of involvement in the work of Catholic higher education. At Saint Anselm College, monks work in teaching, counseling, publications, maintenance, and administration. Indeed, the Benedictine presence endows the College with a distinctive family atmosphere.
As we progress in this way of life and in faith, we shall run on the path of God's commandments, our hearts overflowing with the inexpressible delight of love.
- Rule of Saint Benedict Prol 49