How to honor everyone the Benedictine Way

To honor all (I Pet 2:17), and not do to another what one does not want done to oneself (Rule of Benedict 4.8-9, cf Tob 4:16; Matt 7:12; Luke 6:31).

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StBenedict  prescribed practices to “love our neighbor” by refraining from harming her. Here, he names a general approach – giving honor – and gives us a measuring rod for it.

How to honor someone? Not with titles or show, but by honoring her needs. In the monastery, we honor others by leaving the car or the laundry room clean for the next sister, or quietly filling in when a lector or leader is missing at prayers. When doubtful about our actions, Benedict – with Jesus – tells us to imagine someone helping us along. Then do the same for others.


Tooling Through Lent is a series of brief reflections on Chapter 4 of the Rule of BenedictThe Tools for Good Works.

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About Sister Edith

Benedictine sister of St. Scholastica Monastery, Duluth, Minnesota
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2 Responses to How to honor everyone the Benedictine Way

  1. Yes Sister Edith – To look outwards to other’s needs is a hallmark of hospitality.

    Thank you for the inspiring blog

    Ken (Obl.SB)

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