Sunday, May 31, 2015

Examin Sunday 31 May 2015

The first degree of humility is obedience without delay. This is the virtue of those who hold nothing dearer to them than Christ; who, because of the holy service they have professed, and the fear of hell, and the glory of life everlasting, as soon as anything has been ordered by the Superior, receive it as a divine command and cannot suffer any delay in executing it. Of these the Lord says, "As soon as he heard, he obeyed Me" (Ps. 17[18]:45). And again to teachers He says, "He who hears you, hears Me" (Luke 10:16). 
from the Rule of St Benedict, Ch 5

This kind of instant obedience is not, of course, expected of those living in the world. Even so, humility is a virtue required of all Christians; and the humble of heart will always consider whether their every action is obedient to the teachings of the Church that Christ himself gave us and the words of Sacred Scripture.

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