I hope the following are as provocative for you as they are for me –

  • There are times when good words are to be left unsaid out of esteem for silence.(The Rule of St. Benedict 6:2)
  • What is not possible to us by nature, let us ask the Lord to supply by the help of his grace. (The Rule of St. Benedict Prologue 4)
  • If we could genuinely practice Benedict’s brand of hospitality, welcoming each guest to our churches as the visitation of Christ, it might transform our guests as well as us. Instead of making the other into my image, I am invited to see the other as one who is made in God’s image and for whom Jesus Christ died. (Dennis Okholm, Monk Habits for Everyday People)
  • Day by day remind yourself that you are going to die.(The Rule of St. Benedict 4:47)

(selected from the Reflections page in the Dec. 2008 Christianity Today)