11 July 2015

prefer nothing

In chapter 72 of his Rule, Benedict counsels monastics, saying, “Let them prefer nothing whatever to Christ.”  Having that focus, that direction, on the love that will not let us go, puts life in a proper orientation.

Today is the feast of St. Benedict.  It is a welcome reminder in the hazy summer heat (here in Tennessee) that in times of transition, such as the one we’re going through, the love of Christ is what we need to guide us.

As once again we consider the senseless murder of our black sisters and brothers, the symbolism of the Confederate flag, and the apathy that threatens all of us, we need a loving kick in the butt! 

[The photo is by oblate Jo Clarke of the stained glass window in the Eucharistic Chapel at Mount St. Benedict Monastery]