Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Lord's Prayer and the Rule of St. Benedict

St. Benedict understood that within a community (or a family or workplace, etc.) conflict can arise in the group. The Lord's Prayer is a wonderful corrective to remind us of the forgiveness that we have received at Christ’s hand, and our call to forgive others. It can transform our lives if we are willing.

As the rule says...

The Office of Lauds and Vespers (Morning & Evening Prayer), however, is never to end without the Lord's Prayer being said aloud by the superior, so that all may hear it, because of the thorns of scandal which are wont to arise; that the brethren, by the covenant which they make in that prayer when they say: "Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us," may cleanse themselves of such faults.

Use the Lord's Prayer at home, at work, wherever you may be!

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