Therefore we intend to establish a school for the Lord’s service. In drawing up its regulations, we hope to set down nothing harsh, nothing burdensome. The good of all concerned, however, may prompt us to a little strictness in order to amend faults and to safeguard love. Do not be daunted immediately by fear and run away from the road that leads to salvation. It is bound to be narrow at the outset. But as we progress in this way of life and in faith, we shall run on the path of God’s commandments, our hearts overflowing with the inexpressible delight of love. Never swerving from his instructions, then, but faithfully observing his teaching in the monastery until death, we shall through patience share in the sufferings of Christ that we may deserve also to share in his kingdom. Amen.
– Prologue to The Rule of St. Benedict, Edited by Timothy Fry, O.S.B.
Happy Feast Day of St. Benedict, everybody. And if you haven’t read his ‘Rule’ do yourself a favour and read it. Some of it is only applicable to monks and nuns, but it’s surprising how much is directly applicable to ordinary Christians too.