Lectio: Tools for Good Works (con't)
September 20, 2017
SAINTS ANDREW KIM TAEI-GŎN AND PAUL CHŎNG HA-SANG, AND COMPANIONSReadings of the day: RB 4:44-62Mass: 1 Timothy 3:14-16; Resp. Psalm 111; Luke 7:31-35
Day three of Saint Benedict’s tools for good works. What tool speaks to you today; how will it guide your words and deeds?
44You should recognize with awe that there will be a day of judgment for all of us,45which should make us fear the doom of an evil life.46Above all, however, you should cultivate a longing for eternal life with a desire of great spiritual intensity.47Keep the reality of death always before your eyes.48Have a care about how you act every hour of your life.49And be sure that God is present everywhere and that he certainly sees and understands what you are about.50Whenever evil thoughts occur to you mind, cast them down at the feet of Christ and talk about them frankly to your spirit)tual father or mother.51Take care to avoid any speech that is evil and degenerate.52-53It is also well to avoid empty talk that has no purpose except to raise a laugh.54As for laughter that is unrestrained and raucous, it is not good to be attracted to that sort of thing.55You should take delight in listening to sacred reading.56And in often turning generously to prayer.57You should also in that prayer daily confess to God with heartfelt repentance any evil you have done in the past.58And for the future have the firm purpose to right any wrong you may have done.59Don’t act out sensuous desires that occur to you naturally.60Turn away from the pursuit of your own will.61Rather, you should follow in obedience the directions your abbot or abbess gives you, even if they, which God forbid, should contradict their own teaching by the way they live. In such a case just remember the Lord’s advice about the example of the Pharisees: Accept and follow their teaching but on no account imitate their actions.62No one should aspire to gain a reputation for holiness. First of all, we must actually become holy; then there would be some truth in having a reputation for it. Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life, you have the words of everlasting life(Gospel Acclamation, Mass)SAINTS ANDREW KIM TAEI-GŎN AND PAUL CHŎNG HA-SANG,AND COMPANIONS, PRAY FOR US.