Prefer nothing to love

To prefer nothing to the love of Christ (Rule of Benedict 4.21)

Christ the Redeemer of The Andes

Christ the Redeemer of The Andes

StBenedict closes the first group of Tools with this principle applicable in all situations.

But how to understand it? Should we prefer nothing to the love we have for Christ, or to His love for us? Latin grammar supports the first: we should choose those actions and thoughts that most enact our love for Christ.

“We love him, because he first loved us,” scripture says, and (1 John 4:19)Nothing can separate us from the love of Christ” (cf Romans 12:35). We prefer the love of Christ to all else by sharing and participating in the love we have already received.


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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