How much of my day?

Saint  Benedict's Ladder of Humility

Saint Benedict’s Ladder of Humility (Photo credit: Edith OSB)

To keep custody at every hour
over the actions of one’s life;
to know with certainty
that God sees one in every place.
(Rule of Benedict 4.48-49)

It’s my impression that the gap between professional and “off-duty” behavior has grown.  Corporations emphasize people skills  – grounded in basic respect – on the job. This robs them of their moral claim on our lives.  One colleague said, “I don’t make nice when no one’s paying me to do it.”

StBenedict claims that the Christian life is 24/7 with no vacations.  It’s not about good behavior on the job. Rather, his Rule wants to shape our hearts and habits. We have the chance – and the challenge – to become more like Christ. One minute at a time.


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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About Sister Edith

Benedictine sister of St. Scholastica Monastery, Duluth, Minnesota
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