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Today’s Reading from the Rule of Benedict

October 3, 2012

TODAY’S READING FROM THE RULE OF BENEDICT

Chapter 7: On Humility

The fifth degree of humility
is that he hide from his Abbot none of the evil thoughts
that enter his heart
or the sins committed in secret,
but that he humbly confess them.
The Scripture urges us to this when it says,
“Reveal your way to the Lord and hope in Him” (Ps. 36[37]:5)
and again,
“Confess to the Lord, for He is good,
for His mercy endures forever” (Ps. 105[106]:1).
And the Prophet likewise says,
“My offense I have made known to You,
and my iniquities I have not covered up.
I said: ‘I will declare against myself my iniquities to the Lord;’
and ‘You forgave the wickedness of my heart'” (Ps. 31[32]:5).

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