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