NCR: Before Taking the Benedict Option, Try the Marian Option
By Carrie Gress, Ph.D.
Journalist and author Rod Dreher, responding to MacIntyre’s call, has proposed the “Benedict Option” as the way to deal with the crisis in our civilization and the growing Christian persecution. Dreher is looking back to St. Benedict of old, but for all of St. Benedict’s many merits, perhaps MacIntyre was on to something when he proposed a “very different” St. Benedict. In fact, there is a “very different” alternative who has an even better track record at restoring culture and vanquishing enemies than the Father of Monasticism. Hidden in plain sight, she is, of course, Our Lady, and she offers us the Marian Option.