Just how onerous is it to implement a “Benedict Option”?
No matter what was happening outside their apartment walls, Kamila Bendova pulled her six children together every day and read to them for two hours or more.
It didn’t matter if the Communists had imprisoned her husband — the late Vaclav Benda, a leading Czech dissident and Catholic intellectual. It didn’t matter that state officials had bugged their flat near the medieval heart of the city. It didn’t matter if a friend showed up after being tortured at the KGB facility a block away.
The Benda family faithfully observed the rites that defined their lives inside their second-floor apartment, a site the Czech Republic has marked with a memorial plaque at sidewalk level. Every day, they prayed together, studied together and found ways to enjoy themselves — while doing everything they could to show others there was more to life than the rules of a paranoid police state.
You see? They lived the Benedict Option. They did not surrender to the culture, but labored faithfully to create a habitus, a domestic church, where a love for God and for the truth could be passed on to their children, despite the enmity of the world.
Rod Dreher, quoting Terry Mattingly.
In an apartment, in the heart of the city.