This is from the much longer, Rule of St. Benedict, a manual of guidance for a monastery, written in the early 500s AD. Though written a long time ago, the rules are a timeless challenge for those wanting to live a godly life. This short podcast is simply me reading the material.
It’s a totally subjective judgment on my part, but though I’m challenged by Johnathan Edwards Resolutions, somehow I find them a bit depressing and heavy-handed. But Benedict’s seem to come from a heart of love for God and his community. They were obviously written to make the community a reflection of the love of Jesus to each other and to their world. As you read them, think about how different would be the communities—family, school, church, our nations—if we attempted to put these words into practice.
We may not be able to change our larger community, but we can always change our hearts and actions and pray God will widen our influence.
Chapter IV: The Instruments of Good Works
(1) In the first place to love the Lord God with the whole heart, the whole soul, the whole
(2) Then, one’s neighbor as one’s self (cf Mt 22:37-39; Mk 12:30-31; Lk 10:27).
(3) Then, not to kill…(4) Not to commit adultery…(5) Not to steal…(6) Not to covet (cf Rom 13:9).(7) Not
to bear false witness (cf Mt 19:18; Mk 10:19; Lk 18:20).
(8) To honor all men (cf 1 Pt 2:17).
(9)And what one would not have done to himself, not to do to another (cf Tob 4:16; Mt 7:12; Lk 6:31).
(10) To deny one’s self in order to follow Christ (cf Mt 16:24; Lk 9:23).Continue Reading