In his Rule for monks, St. Benedict explored ways that people can live in peace with one another and with God. Rene Girard probed human experience to seek the roots of violence that tears human communities apart and separates people from God. A dialogue between this abbot and this modern thinker across fifteen centuries deepens the insights of both into the causes and cures of human violence and gives us the tools to apply their ideas in our troubled world.
For both St. Benedict and Girard, peace is rooted in God. Anyone who yearns for harmony in the midst of violence that surrounds us today can learn much from Tools for Peace, essentially joining in a conversation between two people who share a desire for the serenity of God at all times.
Andrew Marr is a monk of St. Gregory’s Abbey in Three Rivers, Michigan, a Benedictine monastery in the Episcopal Church.