Prologue: School of the Lord’s Service

August 13, 2018 | The Rule of St Benedict

RB Prologue 39-46 –
39Now that we have asked the Lord who will dwell in his tent, we have heard the instruction for dwelling in it, but only if we fulfill the obligations of those who live there. 40We must, then, prepare our hearts and bodies for the battle of holy obedience to his instructions. 41What is not possible to us by nature, let us ask the Lord to supply by the help of his grace. 42If we wish to reach eternal life, 43then – while there is still time, while we are in this body and have time to accomplish all these things by the light of life – 44we must run and do now what will profit us forever. 45Therefore we intend to establish a school for the Lord’s service. 46In drawing up its regulations, we hope to set down nothing harsh, nothing burdensome.

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