Elders of the Benedictines:
A Portrait and Interview Project

Father Stanislaus Maudlin, O.S.B., b. 1916

Father Stanislaus Maudlin, O.S.B.Father Stan is a member of the Benedictine community at Blue Cloud Abbey in northeastern South Dakota.

Q: What do you believe are the most important values to uphold and promote?

A: Simplicity and listening, being close to the Creator through the things that he has made.Listen to the sky, sun, sleet, wind, rain, and animals. At last, some people in science are beginning to see that everything is fundamentally spiritual. At one time scientists thought the atom was the smallest component of matter, then the quark. Now they know there is something even smaller. Someday they will have to see that it is all spiritual. The Indian people see this clearly and could teach it to us all, if we would listen. Most people are too divorced from the earth to see the presence of the spirit in all that is around us: the spirit in the rock, the fire, animal, the water, the spirit in all Creation

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