Rule of St. Benedict: Chapter 7: On Humility, May 27, 2017

January 26, May 27, September 26

Chapter 7: On Humility

The first degree of humility, then,

is that a person keep the fear of God before his eyes

and beware of ever forgetting it.

Let him be ever mindful of all that God has commanded;

let his thoughts constantly recur

to the hell-fire which will burn for their sins

those who despise God,

and to the life everlasting which is prepared

for those who fear Him.

Let him keep himself at every moment from sins and vices,

whether of the mind, the tongue, the hands, the feet,

or the self-will,

and check also the desires of the flesh.

Some Thoughts

Here’s a question: do you fear God? Do you, like I, wonder what is meant by this expression? Fear God? God the lover, consoler, healer, comforter, giver of gifts, provider? What is there to fear in that?

Or is it that I am a little too Episcopalian and don’t take sin seriously enough?

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