CHAPTER 7 – Humility - The Tenth Step

The tenth step of humility is that we are not given to ready laughter, for it is written: “Only fools raise their voices in laughter (Sir 21:23).” (RB 7:59)

Do I use words to turn something into a joke or dismiss what I may not want to hear? Do I make clever and witty comments to get my point across in a humorous way? The spiritual journey that Benedict describes indicates that laughter can undermine seriousness, mindfulness, moderation and kindness.