St. Benedict of Nursia did not “invent” Christian monastic life. It had been around for a few centuries by the time he wrote his Rule for Monks in the early sixth century. What he did was tie together vital components of well-established monastic practices to frame a spiritual life that lay men and women today can practice as Christians living in the world. Silence, obedience, humility, praying the psalms
and lectio divina, simplicity, and hospitality are practices meant to cultivate a mindset that supports and sustains “Christocentric” thinking and patterns of desire.