3 2us by Father Francis Selman
"The Benedictine Order, whose daily life is based on prayer, has been a great civilizing influence in Europe quietly throughout the centuries. For when civilization receded with the end of the Roman Empire, as Europe was overrun by Barbarians, learning and art continued in the monasteries until the high Middle Ages. Here is a lesson for us today. Much of what we value in European civilization, which for the most part until very recent decades has been Christian, was built on prayer. May the beauty and freshness of St Scholastica's hidden life of prayer inspire us to seek God in simplicity of heart from day to day in our own time."