Sr. Hilda Frost OSB - "Reflections"
Dear Benedictine Oblates, novices and friends,
Greetings and best wishes to all of you for this New Year. May 2003 be filled with blessings for each one of you.
COMMUNITY IN THE RULE OF BENEDICT
For Benedict, everything takes place within the context of community. Whether he is talking about prayer, relationships, work, or whatever it may be, the disciple is reminded that he or she is part of a community.
This is particularly so in the case of Benedictine Oblates of the World Community for Christian Meditation. Benedict makes no reference to a specific place or location, but rather a way of life, based on the teaching of Jesus. Whether we live in a 'monastery without walls' or with other monastics, we are truly a part of a community and are united to one another. I will briefly mention three aspects of community that we find in the Rule: prayer, relationships, and work.
There are others, which I hope to comment on later.