The Benedictine Values, while not directly enumerated in the Rule of Saint Benedict, have been formed as a guide to, and expression of the Benedictine Tradition. Current students and Alums of Saint John's University, as well as Oblates of Saint John's Abbey, will recognize these values taught and lived daily in the ministry, work, athletics, and community of Saint John's.
Each plaque is laser engraved in the Abbey Laser Studio.
The engraving reads:
Awareness of God
To look for God not in the abstract but in the ordinary events of everyday.
"We believe that the divine presence is everywhere." RB 19
To become who we are by our relationship with others.
"Let all things be common to all." RB 33
Dignity of Work
To appreciate the dignity of work in God's creation.
"...they live by the labor of their hands." RB 48
To offer warmth, acceptance, and joy in welcoming others.
"Let all...be received as Christ." RB 51
To work toward a just order in our immediate environment and in the larger society.
"...that in all things God may be glorified." RB 57
To hear keenly and sensitively the voices of persons and all created beings.
"Listen...with the ear of your heart." RB Prologue
To be content with living simply and finding balance in work, prayer, and leisure.
"All things are to be done with moderation." RB 48
To strive for peace on all levels with self, others, and with God. RB Prologue
REspect for Persons
To respect each person regardless of class, background, or professional skill.
"No one is to peruse what is judged best for oneself, but instead, what is better for someone else." RB 72
To cultivate rootedness and a shared sense of mission.
"To stand firm in one's promises." RB 35
To appreciate and to care lovingly for all the goods of this place.
"Regard all utensils as if they were sacred vessels of the alter." RB 32