'Listen My Child....' says Benedict in the Prologue of the Rule of Benedict.
This morning I have been contemplating mundane issues of home finances. And in the midst of ordinary decisions about what groceries to buy... I hear "Listen my child..."
And so I am reminded, even (or especially...) in these times of financial difficulty for many. I am reminded that God is present. Present even in these daily decisions that are seemingly not spiritual.
Benedict's mind was drenched in the scripture, that scripture simply poured out of him as naturally as breath. We can see it in any copy of the Rule of Benedict that includes reference notes. So he says to us "Listen my child...." and directs each of us to the Psalms, to the Gospels, to the experience of both our elders and our juniors.
Whatever I must put my hand, or my mind to today.... Benedict tells me that I need to 'listen...' for a 'God perspective,' for a 'next best step,' according to these sources of wisdom provided in my life.
And so I pause, just for a moment, to 'Listen....'
I invite you to join me.