The Commonweal Bloggers’ “Rule’

This is good. From Robert Imbelli at Commonweal:

This, then, is the good zeal which bloggers should foster with fervent love: “They should each try to be the first to show respect to the other” (Rom 12:10), supporting one another with the greatest patience. None are to pursue what they judge better for themselves, but, instead, what they judge better for others. To their fellow bloggers they show the pure love of brothers and sisters; to God loving reverence; to their editors unfeigned and humble love.

Let them prefer nothing whatsoever to Christ. And may He bring us all together to everlasting life!” (Rule of St. Benedict, 72 – with adaptations)

Blessed Feast!



  1. From the wisdom sayings of the desert monks:

    Pambo: “have no confidence in your own virtuousness…Control your tongue and your belly.”

    An elder “judge not another. That is how fear of God gets into (someone)”

    An elder: “”Cut off from yourself rash confidence, and control your tongue and your belly… And if anyone speak to you about any matter do not argue with him.”

    Agatho: ‘he carried a stone in his mouth for 3 years until he learned to be silent’

    Isidore: demons where afraid of him because he had striven to prevent anger from arising from his lips

    Macarius: if you are moved to anger by your wish to correct another you feed your own passion

    Hyperichius: “It is better to eat meat and drink wine than by detraction to devour the flesh of your brother”

    Ammonas spent 14 years praying day and night to be delivered from anger.

    Sisois: “ When a brother says he will revenge himself; it tells God we not longer have need of Him.”

    Abba Bessarion walked out with a brother who was exiled for sin, saying “I too am a sinner”

    Abba Pastor “despise no one, condemn no one, rebuke no one, God will give you peace and your meditation will not be disturbed”

    He who is quarrelsome, returns evil for evil, or gets angry is no monk.

    Now we get together and criticize everything and drag one another down into the abyss.

    Avoid any man who always argues every time he opens his mouth.

    One might think of these sayings as a very slow form of the internet for its time. The monks journeyed from one respected person to another gathering these sayings.

    Although the monks did not really talk very much, scholars have pointed out that there was a lot of competiton going on, except that the winner in the competition was the monk who out humbled himself in comparison to the others, e.g. Abba Bessarion above.

  2. Salve, Festa Dies! Happy Feast of St Benedict.
    The Holy Rule still has vital relevance to happy living in unfeigned charity. . . .even to cyberspace dwellers engaging in community dialogue.

    I am reminded of the Degrees of Humility. . .with the first degree of humility being “obedience without delay”.
    Perhaps that may, at first thought, go down in the present age a bit hard and even sour. . . .until we think about it. The call of Benedict, here, is ‘absculta’ – listening. . . inclining the ear of the heart. . .Might not this kind of humility. . .the listening heart. . .lead us to deeper unity and understanding?

    Happy feast!

  3. My final two years of formation occurred at St. Meinrad where Iearned to include in my prayers our holy father Benedict. I have such fond memories of the many monks who influenced my life. I regard my style of liturgy as essentially Benedictine: reverent, personable, joyful, and musical. Happy Feast Day, Anthony, and all my Benedictine friends and acquaintances, including those of nearby St. Gregory’s Abbey in Shawnee.

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