Benedictine life is based upon the Gospel of Christ and is lived in witness to this Good News in peace and simplicity. It strives to create surroundings permeated by Christian vision and an attitude of openness to the Spirit.
One well-loved Benedictine motto is Ora et Labora, "Pray and Work" - known to generations of fatigued novices as "Ora et labora, et labora, et labora. . ." Prayer and work are two important facets of life. Benedictines deserve the credit for introducing into western culture the idea of the dignity of work.
Benedictines have long been known for the beauty they have added to public worship. By listening attentively in the spirit to the voices of God's people and responding generously to their needs, we are assured that we will fulfill the hope of St. Benedict for all his followers - THAT IN ALL THINGS, GOD MAY BE GLORIFIED.