:signofcross:**Fifteen centuries of holy practice by vast multitudes of religious . . . so many they are beyond counting . . . **of the below doctrine on obedience . . . have proven it to be a profoundly rich . . . delightful . . . healthy . . . wholesome . . . rewarding . . . greatly blessed of . . . God . . . **sweet experience of the **Divine . . . for those who have chosen the life of a religious . . .
The Holy Rule of Saint Benedict - Chapter 5
January 22 - May 23 - September 22
The first degree of humility is obedience without delay. This becometh those who, on account of the holy subjection which they have promised, or of the fear of hell, or the glory of life everlasting,
[quote]+ hold nothing dearer than Christ. +
**As soon as anything hath been commanded by the Superior they permit no delay in the execution, as if the matter had been commanded by **God ****Himself. Of these the **Lord **saith: “At the hearing of the ear he hath obeyed Me” (Ps 17:45). And again He saith to the teachers: “He that heareth you heareth Me” (Lk 10:16).
Such as these, therefore, instantly quitting their own work and giving up their own will, with hands disengaged, and leaving unfinished what they were doing, follow up, with the ready step of obedience, the work of command with deeds; and thus, as if in the same moment, both matters – the master’s command and the disciple’s finished work – are, in the swiftness of the fear of God, speedily finished together, whereunto the desire of advancing to eternal life urgeth them. They, therefore, seize upon the narrow way whereof the Lord saith: “Narrow is the way which leadeth to life” (Mt 7:14), so that, not living according to their own desires and pleasures but walking according to the judgment and will of another, they live in monasteries, and desire an Abbot to be over them. Such as these truly live up to the maxim of the Lord in which He saith: **“I came not to do My own will, but the will of Him that sent Me” **(Jn 6:38).
**Ora et Labora **(Pray and Work)
"Glory be to the Father . . . and to the Son . . . and to the Holy Spirit . . . "
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