With the appearance of the book, 'The Benedict Option', Catholics will want to take this books advice and get more serious about living the Catholic Way of Life. We especially recommend Charity: A Commentary on I Corinthians 13, by Saint Alphonsus Ligouri. This book is a summary of the spiritual life, following Saint Paul's chapter on charity.
Saint Paul writes in part: “ Charity is patient, is kind: charity envieth not, dealeth not perversely; is not puffed up; Is not ambitious, seeketh not her own, is not provoked to anger, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth with the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity never falleth away: whether prophecies shall be made void, or tongues shall cease, or knowledge shall be destroyed.” (I Corinthians 13:4-8)
Saint Alphonsus quotes Saint Francis de Sales; "Humble meekness is the virtue of virtues, which God has so much recommended to us; therefore we should endeavor to practise it always and in all things." And further: "What you see can be done with love, do it; and what you see cannot be done without offence, leave it undone."
'The Benedict Option' calls for living as true Christians rather than compromising with the world or getting entangled in fights that have already been lost. The author appeals for a new Saint Benedict to arise. Let us become Benedictine ourselves, following the simple maxim of Saint Benedict to pray and to work. We pray that the books published here will be helpful in teaching us the Christian Way of Life.