When to do good works

“Not to turn away from love.” 
also translated
“Never turn away when someone needs your love.”
(Rule of Benedict 4.26)

Operation Overcoat

Operation Overcoat (Photo credit: StarrGazr)

There goes my schedule!

In earlier instructions, StBenedict laid claim to my time and money for feeding the hungry, clothing the naked and caring for the sick. We try. Lent reminds us that we could do more. We try harder.

This instruction removes control from our hands. Good works are not to be done according to my schedule and budget. The troubled student who comes after a long day, the last-minute make-up exam, the unexpected request for help: I must find a way to meet them.

The ambiguous Latin  tells us, too, to be ready when love turns to us.


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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