From Where I Stand: Once, I thought that this step of humility was so obvious it was embarrassing. Then I listened to modern political speech, and realized that this step may well be the most fundamental spiritual lesson of them all.
From Where I Stand: St. Benedict's 10th step of humility does not forbid humor; Benedict forbids the bawdry and the brutal. He makes the quality of our laughter a measure of our spiritual adulthood.
From Where I Stand: The ninth step of humility has no caveats as in "keep silent unless you're angry at someone" or "unless you can get the microphone and keep it from everyone else." No, just this: Silence is the better part of communication.
From Where I Stand: The tradition moves on from generation to generation, flowing here, being pruned there, always adapting to the soil in which it's planted. And so do we as people.
From Where I Stand: No doubt about it: The seventh degree of humility in the Rule of Benedict was meant for us. It's impossible, of course, to lead the world in everything. But tell any lie long enough and people are prone to believe it. And claim it. And assume it. And we do.
From Where I Stand: St. Benedict of Nursia's sixth degree of humility is an antidote to the crush of pressure, to the seedbed of envy, to continuing and underlying dissatisfaction with the self.
From Where I Stand: With all the lying going on in public and political life, I can't think of any better time to talk about St. Benedict's fifth degree of humility, which shows us that lives forged in secret too often die in the glare of hot lights.
From Where I Stand: There are some things that simply must be borne. There are some mountains in life that must be climbed but can only be climbed one boulder, one level at a time.
From Where I Stand: Learning to listen, to take seriously, those who were entrusted with the development of our lives had more to do with growth than it did with repression. Learning to consider the insights and understanding of others is not the end of autonomy. It is the beginning of humility.
From Where I Stand Preview: Differences are a big thing. They are the resources that nourish a new future for us all. Which is exactly where Benedict's second principle of life comes in.
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