Many of you may know that I spent time in the Benedictine Monastery in Snowmass, Colorado. I follow Benedict's Way today. Today, I share some Benedictine insights especially appropriate for Advent. Treat each person with whom you interact today as guest. Jim+
Guests, like all of us, are representatives of the great mystery at work in creation. They should be conferred honor and welcomed accordingly. Whether a guest is leaving or arriving the greatest humility should be shown. Special attention should be given to the needy guest. Material wants should be attended to in a way that preserves dignity. The presence of guests should not, however, be allowed to disrupt the routine that has been established. The work of the day must go on while guests are provided with their due. We are all guests in the world, and all equally present in time.
--John McQuiston II
Always We Begin Again:
The Benedictine Way of Living
Find it from Church Publishing HERE
(available January 2011)