Oblate Spring recommends books and has lots of opportunities for reading.
In our educated society and culture, I know you do not need help finding books to read, but monastic reading is not for knowledge, it is for awakening the spirit.
The modern reader may need to prepare for this type of reading in silence before a page is opened or turned.
Associated with Prayer and Work (Ora et Labora) is an often overlooked spiritual component of Benedictine monasticism — and that is Reading. All three great characteristics of the Benedictine life:
should be kept in mind when thinking about the historical contributions of Benedictine life. And all three lead the monastic person to rest in God's light and an illuminated soul.
When you read not for knowledge, but to illuminate your soul, you will have returned to the earliest days of Benedictine monasticism and beyond the modern notion that reading is for education.
That reminded me of this wonderful
passage from a book published in 1930, and quoted here in its famous