Living the Zeal of Benedict

a blog by Sister Marilyn Schauble, OSB

First of all, every time you begin a good work, you must pray to God must earnestly to bring it to perfection. Prologue 4

Prayer is first for Benedict. He believed and taught that everything is graced by God, filled with sacred presence. Any "good work" will flourish with a mindfulness of God's gift of grace upholding it. So first of all - PRAY!

Listen carefully to my instructions, and attend to them with the ear of your heart.
Rule of Benedict - Prologue 1

The very first word of the Rule, LISTEN,
provides us with Benedict’s essential and underlying theme.

For Benedict listening is found in the practical, in the daily.

We listen for God in the Psalmody and readings;
we listen for God in Lectio Divina and silence;
we listen for God in our hearts;
we listen for God in others.

Benedict encourages us to listen deeply with the ear of our hearts.

May we be challenged to listen for the many ways that God speaks to us!