..."and a highway shall be there, and it shall be called the way of holiness; evil minded people shall not travel on it, but it shall be for those wayfarers who are traveling toward God. (Isaiah 35:8, adapted)

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Benedict on The Instruments of Good Works

 What Are the Instruments of Good Works?

Not to give way to anger.

Not to nurse a grudge.

Not to entertain deceit in one's heart.

Not to give a false peace.

Not to forsake charity.

Not to swear, for fear of perjuring oneself.

To utter truth from heart and mouth.

Not to return evil for evil.

To do no wrong to anyone, and to bear patiently wrongs done to


To love one's enemies.

Not to curse those who curse us, but rather to bless them.

To bear persecution for justice' sake.

Not to be proud.

Not addicted to wine.

Not a great eater.

Not drowsy.

Not lazy.

Not a grumbler.

Not a detractor.

To put one's hope in God.

To attribute to God, and not to self, whatever good one sees in


But to recognize always that the evil is one's own doing, and to

impute it to oneself.

Rule of  St. Benedict Chapter 4

something to meditate on for a whole month of Sundays !. ....and not to be proud of the few
that you achieve, but eager to walk in the whole counsel of goodness. :) just so that you know:
this is just the BEGINING of the list :) see more here:  Rule of Benedict ...these are so reminiscent
of the seven deadly sins....

photo taken in Colorado Springs.

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