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Pillars of Community: Four Rules of Pre-Benedictine Monastic LIfe

Good Order through Obedience – Commentary on the Rule of St Basil

Since we have a command from the Lord that when we recline at dinner, we should seek the lowest place we should realize that when we jostle each other for the lowest place this is unacceptable.  The ascetics are perplexed: how can each one take the last place?  This causes fights, battles over who will be the most humble.  With a completely straight face, Basil warns them this will not do; the only solution is to take the place assigned by the community - even if it is the first place.” pg 52

From:  Pillars of Community: Four Rules of Pre-Benedictine Monastic Life
By:  Terrence G. Kardong, OSB

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