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So, brothers and sisters, we have asked the Lord
who is to dwell in His tent,
and we have heard His commands
to anyone who would dwell there;
it remains for us to fulfill those duties.
Therefore we must prepare our hearts and our bodies
to do battle under the holy obedience of His commands;
and let us ask God
that He be pleased to give us the help of His grace
for anything which our nature finds hardly possible.
And if we want to escape the pains of hell
and attain life everlasting,
then, while there is still time,
while we are still in the body
and are able to fulfill all these things
by the light of this life,
we must hasten to do now
what will profit us for eternity.
Some thoughts by Gloriamarie
For those who have accepted God’s invitation, we must then prepare
ourselves for what comes next. How do we do that? We ask God! God not only invites us, He also makes it possible for us to become what He invited us to. Benedict tells us how important this is with
images such as “pains of hell”, “life everlasting”, “eternity”. What
is it “we must hasten to do now”? We must ask God for His help.
Could Benedict have envisioned anything simpler?
I wonder, though, if the sophisticated society in which we live has
made it more difficult for us to give ourselves to God? Now that we
know about meteorology, tectonic plates, psychology, medicine, germs, etc how much harder it is for us to see God as the root cause of all things, as they did back in the day when the RB was written? Doesn’t God seem somehow separate from cause and effect of everyday life?
The word “sophistication” has an interesting etymology in classical
Greek. The Greek word “sophis” of course is related to “wise” and to
be honest, I forget just this minute what the other Greek word is, but
the gist of the 2 in combination is something like “jaded to the
things of the gods”. So already in the days of Socrates and Plato,
Euripides and Sophocles, there were already people who thought they knew so much, they didn’t need their gods. Do any of us wish to be sophisticated in that sense? I don’t.
The questions the Rule asks of us every day are:
Will I offer myself to Father, Son, and Holy Spirit today?
How do I offer myself to Father, Son, and Holy Spirit today?