Wednesday, July 6, 2011

The Rule of St. Benedict (part 2)

Almost at the very start of the Rule, St. Benedict provides a list of what he calls "the instruments of good works" and "the tools of our spiritual craft."  It is a long list.  Many of Benedict's counsels, such as "not to kill," are familiar.   Others, such "to love the young," are not.   The whole list is worth reading, and pondering.  Though we may not have been called to the monastic life, only one of Benedict's counsels (number 60) applies strictly to monks.  We may all seek to achieve the rest of these goals and perfections in our particular state of life.

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