God’s Life-Giving Water Brought You Here

Posted by Franciscan Media on Jul 11, 2017 5:45:00 AM

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The eleventh degree of humility in the Rule of Benedict treats a situation like this quite specifically. “Do only those things sanctioned by the community,” the sixth-century document reads. Take counsel. Listen. Seek direction. While moving ahead stay close to the kind of counsel that has strengthened the community in the past. Stay close to the spiritual well whose life-giving water has brought you to this point. The value of this saying is immeasurable. It is much more than an exciting new answer, the effects of which no one knows. It is a reaffirmation of spirituality based in experience, grounded in the wisdom of the elders, and rooted in self-control.

–from the book In God's Holy Light: Wisdom from the Desert Monastics

Categories: Saints, Saint Benedict, Joan Chittister