Rule of St. Benedict: Chapter 72: On the Good Zeal Which They Ought to Have, December 30, 2016

April 30, August 30, 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!

Some Thoughts

If only every Christian practised this. If each of us put the other’s welfare ahead of our own, we wouldn’t have to worry for ourselves because someone else would be attending to our needs. None of that heretical “looking our for numero uno” nonsense. The whole point of this mutual dependence is to allow us to prefer nothing whatever to Christ.

I’ll be honest, there is much that I often prefer to Christ. How about you?

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