To fear the day of judgment,
to dread hell.
(Rule of Benedict 4.44-45)
StBenedict really means fear and dread. Not cringing fear before an erratic despot, but the realistic fear of turning from God into evil. Parents want their children to cook but fear stoves, to walk but fear busy streets.
“Allow a healthy fear of seeing God face-to-face help you avoid temptation,” he says. Sometimes we do good for goodness’ sake. Other times, we need to be reminded of the alternative.