Thu 21 Mar, 2013
Tags: Benedictine Sisters, Prayer, Rule of Benedict, Sister Gladys
“At the transfiguration a voice was heard from heaven saying, “This is my Son, listen to Him.” St. Benedict begins (his) Rule with this same admonition, “Listen.” This first word gives meaning to the Rule. A listener is one who is a partner in a dialogue. It describes the openness of one who is ready to discover new facets of life by learning from another.
Listening is not a natural ability. It is one that is acquired through conscious and direct effort. Through the practice of listening, wholeness is produced in a relationship. When a person directs the whole attention to the listening process, it becomes a gift of self to the speaker. Such a gift is significant in any relationship but even more so in one with the Lord.”
- From our Benedictine Sister Gladys Noreen in her book, “Notes and Comments on the Rule of St. Benedict.”