Monasticism, Monotheism, and Monogamy: Past and Present Expressions of the Undivided Life
3. The Rule of St. Benedict (Monte Cassino)
St. Benedict did not call us to the monastery to serve him, but to serve God. We are not here to carry out the prescriptions of men, but to love God. The purpose of the Rule is to furnish a framework within which to build the structure of a simple and pure spiritual life, pleasing to God by its perfection of faith, humility and love. The Rule is not an end in itself, but a means to an end, and it is always to be seen in relation to its end. This end is union with God in love, and every line of the Rule indicates that its various prescriptions are given us to show us how to get rid of self-love and replace it by love of God.
4. The Order of Sustainable Faith
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Jesus identifies the love of God and love of neighbor at the core of the law and the prophets (Matt. 22:40).
Interview with a member of the Order of Sustainable Faith, July 2019.
Exodus 20:1–2 and Deuteronomy 6:4–5 are two well-known examples.
Exodus 6:7, Ezekiel 36:28, Jeremiah 7:23, Jeremiah 30:22, Jeremiah 31:33.
Unless otherwise noted, quotations from the Rule of Benedict are from the 1998 edition published by the Order of St. Benedict (St. Benedict 1998).
It should be noted that the distinction between monotheism (love of God) and monogamy (love of neighbor) is somewhat artificial; the love of God is shown primarily through love of neighbor and those who love their neighbor are, in many ways, loving the divine image reflected in the other. Nevertheless, I address each one separately.
See also Deuteronomy 6:18–19.
Interview with Jared Patrick Boyd, July 2019.
Ignatius of Loyola (1491–1556) sought to cultivate a life of Christlikeness through the use of spiritual exercises, self-examination, and reflecting on the life of Christ.
Interview with Boyd, July 2019.
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