Benedict for Beginners

"Saint Benedict of Nursia" by Fra Angelico"Saint Benedict of Nursia" by Fra Angelico

St. Benedict for Beginners – The Twelfth Step to Humility

This is the eighteeth in a series on St. Benedict for Beginners. – The Editors The Twelfth Step to Humility ‘The twelfth step of humility is not only that the monk should be humble of heart, but also that in his appearance his humility should be apparent.’ There is a saying in monasteries that “the habit does not make the monk.” […]

"Saint Benedict of Nursia" by Fra Angelico"Saint Benedict of Nursia" by Fra Angelico

St. Benedict for Beginners – The Eleventh Step to Humility

This is the seventeeth in a series on St. Benedict for Beginners. – The Editors The Eleventh Step to Humility ‘The eleventh step of humility is that the monks quietly and with a few words for “the wise man is known for his few words.’ A monk is the original strong, silent type.  Benedict echoes the words of the New Testament […]

"Saint Benedict of Nursia" by Fra Angelico"Saint Benedict of Nursia" by Fra Angelico

St. Benedict for Beginners – The Tenth Step to Humility

This is the sixteenth in a series on St. Benedict for Beginners. – The Editors The Tenth Step to Humility ‘The tenth step of humility is that he should not be ready and quick to laughter, for it is written, “The fool raises his voice in laughter.’ St. Benedict is not against laughter and joy. He is against the kind of […]

"Saint Benedict of Nursia" by Fra Angelico"Saint Benedict of Nursia" by Fra Angelico

St. Benedict for Beginners – The Ninth Step to Humility

This is the fifteenth in a series on St. Benedict for Beginners. – The Editors The Ninth Step to Humility ‘The ninth step of humility is that a monk should keep his tongue from talking; he should preserve silence.’ Monks are famous for their vows of silence, and there is much wisdom in the tradition. Benedict is not recommending silence for […]

St. Benedict for Beginners – The Eighth Step to Humility

This is the fourteenth in a series on St. Benedict for Beginners. – The Editors The Eighth Step to Humility ‘The eighth step of humility is that the monk should do nothing except what is recommended by the common rule of the monastery and the example of those above him.’ It is difficult to put up and shut up. We think […]

St. Benedict for Beginners – The Seventh Step to Humility

This is the thirteenth in a series on St. Benedict for Beginners. – The Editors The Seventh Step to Humility ‘The seventh step of humility is that the monk should not only say in his words that he is inferior and less virtuous than other men, but he should believe it in his heart.’ This advice sounds like St Benedict wants […]

St. Benedict for Beginners – The Sixth Step to Humility

This is the twelfth in a series on St. Benedict for Beginners. – The Editors The Sixth Step to Humility ‘The sixth step of humility is that a monk should be satisfied with whatever is of lowest value or quality.’ Are we really supposed to surround ourselves with everything of poor quality and low value? Not really. St Benedict is not recommending […]

St. Benedict for Beginners – The Fifth Step to Humility

This is the eleventh in a series on St. Benedict for Beginners. – The Editors The Fifth Step to Humility ‘The fifth step of humility is that a man should in humble confession reveal to his Abbot all the evil thoughts that come into his mind, and any wrongful actions that he had done in secret.’ Nothing helps us make […]

St. Benedict for Beginners – The Fourth Step to Humility

This is the tenth in a series on St. Benedict for Beginners. – The Editors The Fourth Step to Humility ‘The fourth step of humility is that, when in the very act of obeying one meets with trials and even abuse… a man should neither grow faint nor run away.’ Benedict’s rule is manly. He is training soldiers for Christ […]

St. Benedict for Beginners – The Third Step to Humility

This is the ninth in a series on St. Benedict for Beginners. – The Editors The Third Step to Humility ‘The third step of humility is that for the love of God a man should be obedient to his superior in all things.’ Obedience? What a sign of scandal in an individualistic age! The whole self revolts against the idea […]