Have finished "Seeking God," by Esther de Waal.
Packaged as a discussion/commentary on the Order of St. Benedict, it is a good call and reminder that our lives are intended to be God-on-earth, regardless of where we might find ourselves. Here are a couple interesting observations made in the book:
"Here is an analogy between the daily rising from sleep to hear the words of Scripture and the taking up of the religious life in general as a rising from sleep." (p. 32) The comment is directly related to a life in community, but can easily be expanded as applicable to the Christian life as rising from sleep [of seperation from God].
"If we hear and do nothing more about it, then the sounds have simply fallen on our ears and it is not apparent that we have actually heard them at all." (p. 44)
"The Christian and monastic model for discerning God's will in a given situation is not that of finding the solution of a crossword puzzle...where the answer must be exactly right, fitted to some preconceived plan. A better model is that we are given building blocks and have to see what can be done with them, using in the task all our intelligence, sensitivity, and love." (p. 49)
"So St. Benedict approaches the common life of the community with a benevolent recognition of individual personal need and potential. He hopes that all will be patient of the weaknesses of others, he prefers mercy to justice, he looks for consideration of one another,m and above all he places love before zeal." (p. 117)