Then, to love one’s neighbor as oneself. (Rule of Benedict 4.2)
One speaker skimmed past”love your neighbor,” dwelling on “loving yourself better.” Another said love of self took priority over love of others.
I hoped they were wrong.
Charles Spurgeon broke listeners’ hearts with descriptions of needy people turned aside for practical reasons, or hurt by meager assistance bundled with painful disapproval. Christians’ love flows more freely after compunction opens their hearts.
“Follow my Rule and God’s commands,” St Benedict says, “and your hearts will expand with the inexpressible delight of love.” Perhaps he knew that when we pour out concern and compassion on others, our hearts can hold more love.