Years ago I copied down a few sentences from Msgr. Francis Mannion: “My hope for the future is this: local communities of exemplary Christian experience who, by the concrete practice of long-honed wisdom, teach us how to live humanely and authentically.” He then mentions communities which foster civility as well as intellectual and moral life, and which are a witness to right livelihood and work that is both humane and significant.

I often point to a summary of Benedictine wisdom that inspired Peter Maurin and Dorothy Day as they founded the Catholic Worker, in the form of three C’s.

  •  “Cult”, meaning liturgy: a life of praise and prayer
  •  “Culture”: stemming from sacred study, the practice of lectio divina, and the whole  heritage of Christian humanism
  • “Cultivation”: work, right livelihood, and stewardship