“But whoever progresses in monastic life and faith, his heart will be enlarged.”
From the Benedictine Rule
Prayer and work are the central pillars of a fulfilled life. Life develops as an open story, like the Bible.
In an increasingly hectic time, the questions do not become fewer and the answers come rather hesitantly. The Benedictines see their way of life in listening to the Rule of St. Benedict, in searching for God and in shaping the world. Because – only those who listen, search and shape can change something. This is also true in today’s increasingly networked and digitalized world.
The spiritual dimension that St. Benedict included in his Rule draws on Scripture: “Do not forget hospitality, for through it some, without knowing it, have harbored angels.” Does the name of our monastery, Engelberg, remind us somewhat of this expression – harboring angels? Hospitality, as Benedict understands it, has to do with community. That is, with sharing, giving and receiving. The stranger brings something precious with him: himself – and therein the possibility of encountering Christ.
Engelberg is surrounded by high mountains. But mountains in their grandeur, in their size and timelessness, are a particularly good place to find oneself. Here, where man becomes small, where he steps out of his secure and familiar surroundings, he is oriented in a completely new way towards the essentials of life. It is especially helpful to take time out for several days at a time – a time when no one wants anything from you, but when I am alone with myself. The longer the stay in the mountains, the less pressure there is to “do something”. You are simply allowed to be there, to enjoy the glory of creation and let it take effect on you.