CHAPTER 73 - This Rule Only A Beginning of Perfection

The reason we have written this rule is that, by observing it in monasteries, we can show that we have some degree of virtue and the beginnings of monastic life. RB 73:1

This chapter is generally considered an epilogue or summary of the Rule. The general message is to encourage followers of Benedict to avoid complacency and continue to make progress on one's spiritual journey of seeking God.

To many people, monasticism is held in esteem as an advanced form of Christian life. Benedict, however, reminds us that this is only a beginning. His rule tells us over and over that each day has the potential to be a new day of the unfolding of one's spiritual growth.

He expected that the ordinary monastic life would result in a real experience of God here and now. Benedict offers us potential - potential to experience the fullness of life now if we are willing to undertake the discipline of the Rule, the teaching of Scripture and the message of early church writers.

Are you hastening toward your heavenly home? Then with Christ's help, keep this little rule that we have written for beginners. After that, you can set out for the loftier summits of the teaching and virtues we mentioned above, and under God's protection you will reach them. Amen. RB 73:8-9