21 January – Daily Reading of the Rule of St. Benedict

January 21, May 22, September 21

Chapter 4: What Are the Instruments of Good Works (Cont.)

  1. To fulfill God’s commandments daily in one’s deeds.
  2. To love chastity.
  3. To hate no one.
  4. Not to be jealous, not to harbor envy.
  5. Not to love contention.
  6. To beware of haughtiness.
  7. And to respect the seniors.
  8. To love the juniors.
  9. To pray for one’s enemies in the love of Christ.
  10. To make peace with one’s adversary before the sun sets.
  11. And never to despair of God’s mercy.

These, then, are the tools of the spiritual craft.
If we employ them unceasingly day and night,
and return them on the Day of Judgment,
our compensation from the Lord
will be that wage He has promised:
“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,
what God has prepared for those who love Him” (1 Cor. 2:9).

Now the workshop
in which we shall diligently execute all these tasks
is the enclosure of the monastery
and stability in the community.


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