St. Benedict of Nursia

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 […]

St. Benedict for Beginners – The Second Step to Humility

This is the eighth in a series on St. Benedict for Beginners. – The Editors The Second Step to Humility ‘The second step of humility is that a man should not love his own will nor take pleasure in carrying out his own desires.’ St Benedict cuts right to the heart of the matter in his instruction on the development […]

St. Benedict for Beginners – The First Step to Humility

This is the seventh in a series on St. Benedict for Beginners. – The Editors The First Step to Humility ‘The first step of humility is for a man to set the fear of God always before his eyes.’ We live today with a Jesus who is our friend and a God who is more of a congenial uncle than […]

St. Benedict for Beginners – ‘…what will profit us forever’

This is the sixth in a series on St. Benedict for Beginners. – The Editors ‘We must do now what will profit us forever.’ The past is a memory and the future is a fear. The only reality is this present moment. Therefore it is in only in this moment that we can enjoy reality. But if the past is […]

St. Benedict for Beginners – ‘In a Flood of Words…’

This is the fifth in a series on St. Benedict for Beginners. – The Editors ‘In a flood of words you will not avoid sin.’ The Trappists are the Benedictine monks who are most famous for their silence. The stricter orders still have an elaborate system of hand signs for communication. Saint Benedict recommends silence not because conversation is sinful […]