FoC 096: Rethinking the Benedict Option for Real Life Community with Leah Libresco Sargeant


We’ve been big fans of Leah Libresco Sargeant’s writing for ages (and we even had her husband Alexi on the podcast last year to nerd out about Stranger Things with us). When we heard she had a new book on the Benedict Option coming out, we knew we needed to discuss it with her–especially because you all have been requesting a BenOp episode!

Leah is a wife, author, speaker, and fellow at Word on Fire Catholic Ministries. In this episode Leah shares about her new book, Building the Benedict Option. We chat the basics of cultivating community through hospitality and we address a lot of the questions we hear from you all in the Facebook group about the desire for good friendships and Christian fellowship. Gatherings for people who hate small talk?  Finding friends and opening your home? We gotcha covered. Leah also shares about praying together with fellow Christians and how prayer brings God into times of fellowship. So grab a cup of tea and join us!

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In this episode we talked about:

Building the Benedict Option by Leah Libresco

The Benedict Option by Rod Dreher

Arriving at Amen by Leah Libresco

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And our next episode is a BOOK EPISODE (much rejoicing!). We’re talking about Gunnar’s Daughter by Sigrid Undset. It’s a quick read so grab your copy ASAP!

Gunnar’s Daughter by Sigrid Undset

And psst! Amazon has a sale going right now on Haley’s book–27% off. So grab it while it’s discounted!
The Grace of Enough: Pursuing Less and Living More in a Throwaway Culture 

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4 thoughts on “FoC 096: Rethinking the Benedict Option for Real Life Community with Leah Libresco Sargeant”

    1. Hi Nancie! It’s Gunnar’s Daughter by Sigrid Undset and the episode will air Tuesday the 16th! I said I’d include the info in the shownotes and completely forgot. Fixing it now. 🙂

  1. Hi there! What was the Divine Office set you use? Are your kids able to follow along? I have a few littles but my oldest is almost 7…maybe she would be old enough?

    1. Hi Laura! I use the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary. I haven’t yet introduced it to the kids! Still trying to figure it out for myself 🙂

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