All members of the Benedictine family follow the model of discipleship set out by St. Benedict of Nursia (ca. 480 – ca. 550 CE) found in The Rule of St. Benedict. Fifteen hundred years old, it is the most widely used guide on Christian discipleship in the world, predates all divisions in the church, and is intensely grounded in practical, daily action.
Benedictine spirituality draws heavily from scripture, deeply identifying with Christ , and lifts up community, and hospitality, and innate harmony between prayer and labour. Following the decline of the Roman empire, Benedictine congregations flourished throughout Europe, forming what amounted to farming communities of prayer, keeping education intact and alive.
Benedictine oblates have deep ties to their abbeys, with a commitment to living the Benedictine life in secular society.
There is no doubt as to the influence of Benedictine spirituality on Peter Maurin, co-founder of the Catholic Worker Movement. These he taught to Dorothy Day: liturgy, disciplined prayer, contemplative prayer, guest houses, farming communities, and hospitality.
Everywhere you look in the Catholic Worker you will find the Benedictine tradition of hospitality.