RB 20 – Reverentia

iuReverentia (reverence), humility, and the fear of God.  These are words that Benedict uses regularly throughout the Rule.  These attitudes are always warranted when suggesting (suggerere) something to a person in a position of authority.  Only those with disturbed psychological conditions would lecture, cajole, or try to manipulate a superior. Once a suggestion is made then it is up to the superior to accept, or modify, or reject the proposal.  Domino Dei universorum (the Lord God of the universe) is a title that mirrors this natural respect that Benedict knows also needs to be foundational to prayer, carried out with pure devotion (puritas devotione), and that as such needs to also be direct, brief, and without mincing words.

God be merciful to me, a sinner.

– Luke 18:13