CHAPTER 34 - Distribution of Goods According to Need

First and foremost, there must be no word or sign of the evil of grumbling, no manifestation of it for any reason at all. (RB 34:6)

Grumbling and murmuring can signify a basic lack of gratitude for all that is gift and grace for us. Those who grumble usually spend too much time comparing themselves to others. For Benedict this is a serious offense. Gratitude and thanksgiving are the main teaching of this chapter. Developing a heart filled with gratitude and thanksgiving brings peace, joy, hope and inner-freedom to each person.