Benedict of Nursia: Charitable and Pure

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Not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. Philippians 2:4

“Let them not follow their own good but the good of others. Let them be charitable towards their brothers with pure affection.”

Rule of St. Benedict 72 as recounted in What Do You Seek? Wisdom from Religious Life for Today’s World by John-Francis Friendship (Norwich: Canterbury Press, 2021) 83.

I don’t know about you, but I plan to rest and reflect today after a rigorous week of sharing and service. With Benedict, I am asking God to always make my sharing and service to others both charitable and pure.

It’s not about what I want from them but what I want for them. Does this mindset shape your sharing and service?

To be charitable is to be gracious. It means to give to people good things which they do not deserve. To be pure is to have the right motives. It means we are not perfect, but rather consistent in our sharing and service.

Father in heaven, make our sharing and service both charitable and pure following the example of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.