Endure for justice’s sake

Not to curse back those who curse one,
but rather to bless them.
To endure persecution for justice’s sake.
(cf. 1 Pet 3:9 and Luke 6:28; Matt 5:10.
Rule of Benedict 4.32-33)


Boy holding cross
Boy holding cross

The first tool is difficult, but obviously useful. Resolution never occurs when anger dissolves discussion into cursing. One who curses back loses hold of her own rationality.  What blessing to offer puzzles me still. 

What else could we do when persecuted besides endure? StBenedict doesn’t say. Leave? Fight? Persecute others? These all seem outside his Rule.   He leaves room for reasoning, protesting, resisting, protecting the weakest. And prayer.

I frequently have difficulty accepting that some bad thing is happening. My outrage excludes the possibility. If I can accept and endure it, perhaps something can change – it or me.

Tooling Through Lent is a series of brief reflections on Chapter 4 of the Rule of Benedict, The Tools for Good Works.

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