20 May – Reading of the Rule of St. Benedict

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

  1. Not to give way to anger.

  2. Not to nurse a grudge.

  3. Not to entertain deceit in one’s heart.

  4. Not to give a false peace.

  5. Not to forsake charity.

  6. Not to swear, for fear of perjuring oneself.

  7. To utter truth from heart and mouth.

  8. Not to return evil for evil.

  9. To do no wrong to anyone, and to bear patiently wrongs done to oneself.

  10. To love one’s enemies.

  11. Not to curse those who curse us, but rather to bless them.

  12. To bear persecution for justice’ sake.

  13. Not to be proud.

  14. Not addicted to wine.

  15. Not a great eater.

  16. Not drowsy.

  17. Not lazy.

  18. Not a grumbler.

  19. Not a detractor.

  20. To put one’s hope in God.

  21. To attribute to God, and not to self, whatever good one sees in oneself.

  22. But to recognize always that the evil is one’s own doing, and to impute it to oneself.

 

 

 

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