Tools for Life - Part 2

First of all, “love God with your whole heart, your whole soul and all your strength, and love your neighbor as yourself” (Mt. 22:37-39; Mk 12:30-31; Lk. 10:27). RB 4:1-2

Chapter 4 starts with two commandments on love as found in earlier sources: the Decalogue: Ten Commandments (Ex. 19:23; Deut. 5:2), the Golden Rule: “Do to others as you would have them do to you” (Mt 7:12; Lk 6:31), and the Didache: Teachings of the Apostles.

These first two verses of this chapter give the essential law of the Gospels.

Benedict sums up the whole purpose of the way of life that he is promoting for anyone who is Christian:
love God and love others.