CHAPTER 7 – Humility - The Fourth Step

The fourth step of humility is that in this obedience under difficult, unfavorable, or even unjust conditions, our hearts quietly embrace suffering and endure it without weakening or seeking escape. (RB 7:35-36)

Do I really understand that there will be hard and difficult times encountered on the way to God? It is daily perseverance in all the difficulties of life that conforms me to the example of Christ on the cross. The spiritual journey that Benedict describes is a reminder that perseverance, stability, holding on and not seeking escape are part of following Christ each and every day. Patience is an absolute necessity.