Thursday, July 11, 2013

"Listen and attend with the ear of your heart" | Happy St. Benedict Day!

NOTE: Today we celebrate the Memorial of St. Benedict of Nursia, often called the father of Western monasticism.  His Rule is a Christian treasure and a classic and is still lived by tens of thousands of Benedictine monks and sisters throughout the world including my good friends at St. Anselm Abbey in New Hampshire.  Below are some of my favorite selections from the Rule of St. Benedict, but click the previous title to read the whole Rule.  

  • “Listen and attend with the ear of your heart.” 
  • "Prefer nothing to the love of Christ."
  • “The first degree of humility is prompt obedience.” 
  • “Idleness is the enemy of the soul; an
    d therefore the brethren ought to be employed in manual labor at certain times, at others, in devout reading.”
  • “And let them first pray together, that so they may associate in peace.” 
  • “He should first show them in deeds rather than words all that is good and holy.”
  • “He should know that whoever undertakes the government of souls must prepare himself to account for them.” 
  • “The prophet shows that, for the sake of silence, we are to abstain even from good talk. If this be so, how much more needful is it that we refrain from evil words, on account of the penalty of the sin!” 
  • “The sleepy like to make excuses.” 
  • “Wherefore let us consider how it behoveth us to be in the sight of God and the angels, and so let us take our part in the psalmody that mind and voice accord together.” 
  • "Day by day remind yourself that you are going to die."
  • "For nothing is so inconsistent with the life of any Christian as overindulgence."
  • "When they live by the labor of their hands, as our fathers and the apostles did, then they are really monks. Yet, all things are to be done with moderation on account of the faint-hearted."
  • “No one is to pursue what is judged best for oneself, but instead, what is better for someone else.”
  • “Let peace be your quest and aim.”

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