Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Rule of St. Benedict

We've been hearing addresses on the Rule of St. Benedict at this retreat, and they're very helpful. Good job, retreat conductor. Benedict lived at the end of the 5th century and pretty much founded monasticism in the West. Some even say that he rescued Western civilization and I'd be inclined to agree.

Speaking of the end of civilization, Donald Trump is boycotting Fox, and whatever else you care to say about the billionaire presidential hopeful, he's certainly shaking things up. I'll leave you with this blast against the neocons from ZeroHedge,

Blinded by hubris, enthralled by the possibilities of unlimited power, the neocons – and their liberal internationalist doppelgangers on the other side of the political spectrum – didn’t see the nationalist backlash coming.

That points to a curious lack of vision on their part.  What would Benedict say? I'll wager he'd counsel humility, a virtue that's in notoriously short supply.

God bless,



LL said...

Whatever you see this political cycle, I suspect that Machiavelli would feel right at home and St. Benedict would not.

LSP said...

We are in total agreement.

lukeya said...


Mattexian said...

Perhaps you should point out the meditative aspects of marksmanship practice and firearms cleaning, to the retreat organizers. Even Buddhist monks had to eventually take up weapons practice, to defend against the barbarians. Much in the same way, Jesus told his followers, "If you don't have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one."