How do you actually love God? Furthermore, how do you love others in an actual community who also are trying to love God? These thoughts occupied the mind of a young man, Benedict of Nursia at the turn of the sixth century. His thoughts centred not on externals, but on the disposition of the heart and how that worked its way out in daily love and devotion, both to God and to one another. More than practical wisdom on how to live the Christian life, his Rule is the oldest spiritual disciple in common practise in Christianity.
If you feel as if you have lost the key to return to a home where you are loved by God, then Benedict’s message, coupled with a firm connection to loving members of a Benedictine monastery, is your invitation to regain a sense of yourself. Benedict demonstrates both such a deep grasp of the needs of daily life and the human psyche. He writes out of a sense of joy founded on our passage through life. It arises out of his own experiences. He perpetually uses scripture, knowing the insight that only it can carry.
We are ourselves Benedictine oblates. If you are news to the Rule and interested in reading up on The Rule Of St. Benedict we strongly recommend, A Life-Giving Way: A Commentary On The Rule Of St. Benedict by Esther de Waal, who is herself a Protestant.
Let all guests who arrive be received like Christ,
for He is going to say,
“I came as a guest, and you received Me” (Matt. 25:35).
– RB 53:1