We must listen well to those who truly encourage and inspire us, especially those who, by their presence and their authenticity, consistently extend to us the invitations we need to become more deeply who we are. They help us find our footing within a larger spiritual tradition. Victor Klimoski is one such person. He employs the written word, especially in poetic form, to escort us into Mystery and to help us give expression to our encounters with God. As a man shaped by learning and ministering among Benedictines, he refuses to let us imagine that the wisdom we encounter is confined to any single generation. He helps us draw upon centuries of spiritual insight and practice as we discern the call to discipleship in today’s world, challenging us to undertake that call for the sake of those who will follow. Klimoski encourages us to examine our present context in light of an enduring monastic tradition, and inspires us to live what one of his poems calls “the way forward.” "The Way Forward" is a selection of Klimoski’s writings, edited by Samuel Rahberg and featuring seven original poems. The reflections have their roots sunk deep in monastic spirituality and are assembled on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Benedictine Center of St. Paul’s Monastery, and upon the celebration of Klimoski's retirement from Saint John’s School of Theology•Seminary in Collegeville, MN. Those new to Benedictine wisdom will encounter the invitation to move closer to a discerning life guided by the Gospel. For those who already know well the Benedictine Way, these prayerful readings demonstrate the application of monastic values and provide encouragement for the long journey.