How Pilgrim Monks are to be Received

Part of my Lent has been re-reading the Holy Rule of St. Benedict, pertinent to the day. It’s been speaking to me in very personal and private ways.

Today as I contemplate a great decision that involved travel and has me doubting and unsure, the lesson is about stability, which is actually one of the Benedictine vows:

If a pilgrim monk coming from a
distant region
wants to live as a guest of the monastery,
let him be received for as long a time as he desires,
provided he is content
with the customs of the place as he finds them,
and does not disturb the monastery by
superfluous demands,
but is simply content with what he finds.

If, however, he censures or points out
anything reasonably
and with the humility of charity,
let the Abbot consider prudently
whether perhaps it was for that very purpose
that the Lord sent him.
If afterwards he should want to bind himself
to stability,
his wish should not be denied him,
especially since there has been opportunity
during his stay as a guest
to discover his character.
– RB, Chapter 61

Every day, our Holy Father Benedict instructs, even in ways that are not obvious; he forces me to slow down, and to ponder what the Rule means to me, interiorly, and where I am falling short. What a worthwhile read.

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  • Dynan

    Great! Lent is so refreshing. I am a catechist with 8th

    graders. They ask such basic questions. “Mr Candon, why

    all the turmoil in the Middle East?” Sebastian, the easy

    answer is food! Millions of people there subsist on 2 dollars

    a day. In the last two years, the cost of maize has

    doubled! “Mr Candon, is Israel stirring things up?” I can

    assure they are not. Look to others.

    Happy Holy Week!

  • Victor

    Hey Anchoress,

    Jesus told me to go to a house and stay there while doing a little work to earn my keep but between you, me and any other body cells who are ready and willing to listen, i, me and myself think that Victor is working me way to hard and I was just kidding about being his God but he can’t seem to forgive me somehow for that. Go Figure!

    I hear ya! Hang in there sinner vic, I’ll continue to pray for you that most of Victor’s spiritual cells start to see the light of day and who knows, maybe you’ll get a free pass to earth’s milky way, if you know what I mean? :)

    Thanks Anchoress!

    God Bless Peace