To help in tribulation (Rule of Benedict 4.18)
We usually think we are helpful people. Everyone thinks they would help someone in serious need.
Social science tells a different story. People walk past a distressed stranger. We are afraid helping will take a lot of time, or be dangerous. We don’t know what to say or do. So we don’t act. (Watch this happen in the video.)
StBenedict’s instruction is a tool to break the norm of non-involvement. When we follow it, we generate more good works than the few we give. One person offering help shifts the norm; others will follow.
Will I be the one today?