„Listen my son, my daughter, to the master's instructions... and faithfully put it into practice!“ These are the first words of the Rule of St. Benedict. As Benedictines we live according to this Rule and promise to remain faithful to God's call. That requires having attentive ears and being prepared to respond to what we have heard. Precisely this relationship between "listening" and "answering" is what characterizes our Benedictine life. We therefore promise obedience, which in Latin comes from the same word as "listening" and we commit ourselves to following through with this by means of a vow of stability. Our vow of stability also means that we promise to remain in this concrete community and monastery and, therfore, to have a dwelling place. This dwelling place is for us Benedictines a place of prayer and contemplation in which we dwell on the word of God, but also a place of work and community. We attempt in our daily life, our work, our prayer and our communal interactions to live out our promise to remain faithful to God and to let this become the anchor in our lives - for us and for other people.
To dwell somewhere does not, however, mean that we can become stagnant or set in our ways. Perhaps Benedict was aware of this danger when he initiated the third promise which we make, that of "conversatio morum" in which we vow ourselves to renewal and watchfulness. Anyone who commits to life in a Benedictine monastery commits to a long journey into his or her own depths. It is a journey in two ways: I go on my own very personal way and at the same time I journey along the way together with the other members of the community and, indeed, with the Church.
Journeying means taking steps; one after the next. It means taking note of, considering and weighing up that which I encounter along the way. As Benedictines we therefore promise a lifetime of listening, learning and not becoming stagnant.
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