Chapter 49 - Lent

Since few, however, have the strength for this, we urge the entire community during these days of Lent to keep its manner of life most pure and to wash away in this holy season the negligences of other times. RB 49:2-3

Benedict knew that few people could really handle Lent year round, so he encourages his followers to at least keep the season of Lent especially pure.

Perhaps we might take extra time to deepen our relationship with God.

Perhaps we might respond to others’ needs with less thought about our needs.

Perhaps Benedict is
- showing a way to help us with interior transformation.
- asking us to make Christ the center of our lives.
- expecting us to be the manifestation of God’s presence in the world.