Saturday, June 30, 2012

Thoughts on Obedience, Part I

Benedict begins his Rule with the word: 'Listen', a listening with 'the ear of the heart'.  To listen (obaudire) is to obey, and obedience is the third promise which a Benedictine professes.  It is, firstly, a call to hear and respond to the word of God.  The word is most explicit in the Word made flesh, Jesus Christ, and in his good news.  It is to him that Benedict summons his followrs to return by the 'labor of obedience' in order to fight for and establish God's reign over the territory of the human heart.

from The Gift of Saint Benedict
introduced by Verna A. Holyhead SGS

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