Holy Rule Chapter 4 – the instruments of good works

The fourth chapter of the holy rule is entirely different from the previous three. This one is a list of 73 instruments that make the monks do good works. They are 73 rules that each monk follows, which produces good works within the “workshop” of the monastary.

A couple surprising rules are:

#47 – to keep death before one’s eyes daily – I wonder why they thought of this, and how they would have hoped it would have helped…

#54 – not to speak useless words and such as provoke laughter & #55 – not to love much or boisterous laughter – Doesn’t laughter help people? Maybe they just didn’t want the monks to be too happy…

#62 – not to desire to be called holy before one is; but to be holy first, that one may be truly so called – this one is really special to me right now because of my studies in holiness theology. Holiness is not the desire – Christ is!

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