CHAPTER 66 - The Porter of the Monastery

At the door of the monastery, place a sensible person who knows how to take a message and deliver a reply, and whose wisdom keeps her/him from roaming about. (RB 66:1)

For Benedict, the role of the porter is a distinctly human one: answering whoever calls; being present for the visitor, the stranger, the seeker.

We can see in this chapter Benedict's respect for all human beings. The first response from the porter is to give thanks for the guest or request for a blessing from the guest.

Christ is arriving in the person who comes to the door or calls on the telephone or sends an E mail and the porter responds with welcome, love, care and profound gratitude.