CHAPTER 13 – The Celebration of Lauds on Ordinary Days

Assuredly, the celebration of Lauds and Vespers must never pass by without the prioress’ reciting the entire Prayer of Jesus at the end for all to hear, because thorns of contention are likely to spring up. Thus warned by the pledge they make to one another in the very words of this prayer: “Forgive us as we forgive (Mt 6:12),” they may cleanse themselves of this kind of vice. RB 13:12-13

Benedict is showing us the way to an attitude of forgiveness. He expresses concern about human relationships when he stresses the importance of reciting the Lord's Prayer with special attention to the phrase "Forgive us as we forgive" because "thorns of contention are likely to spring up." Praying this prayer daily gives us the opportunity to admit our continuing need to receive forgiveness and to gift another with forgiveness.
Forgiveness is a two-way street. To forgive and to be willing to receive forgiveness means admitting that something has gone wrong and I am involved in the wrongness. I must take responsibility for my part in the situation. What makes it possible to forgive is the knowledge that I am already forgiven and loved unconditionally by God. Accepting this tremendous gift of God’s forgiveness and love can help me to grow in my own ability and willingness to forgive and love others.