Daily Reading of the Rule of St. Benedict – December 30


Chapter 72: On the Good Zeal Which They Ought to Have

Just as there is an evil zeal of bitterness
which separates from God and leads to hell,
so there is a good zeal
which separates from vices and leads to God
and to life everlasting.
This zeal, therefore, the sisters should practice
with the most fervent love.
Thus they should anticipate one another in honor (Rom. 12:10);
most patiently endure one another’s infirmities,
whether of body or of character;
vie in paying obedience one to another —
no one following what she considers useful for herself,
but rather what benefits another;
tender the charity of sisterhood chastely;
fear God in love;
love their Abbess with a sincere and humble charity;
prefer nothing whatever to Christ.
And may He bring us all together to life everlasting!



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1 Response to Daily Reading of the Rule of St. Benedict – December 30

  1. Mike Stamets says:

    Selfless love… respect for the light of the Holy Spirit within each of us…is a wonderful gift to all. It is difficult sometimes not to trip over one’s ego, but this is the challenge of the gift of selfless love, a gift that calls glory to our creator and enlightens our own life with His love.

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