The buzz surrounding the Benedict Option has spawned many spinoffs, each looking to a particular spirituality to focus the renewal of Church and culture. As a Benedictine oblate, I agree with Rod Dreher that the Benedictines provide a crucial and necessary witness on how to rebuild Christian culture. We need strong local communities that find new ways of living the faith in the midst of a hostile culture.
This fall, my new book, The Beer Option, will appear. By pointing to beer, I am not proposing yet another option, but highlighting a distinctive element of the great Benedictine tradition: brewing monks.

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