The Rule of St. Benedict: Chapter 73
Here at the conclusion of his Rule, St. Benedict models remarkable humility with regard to his own work. Here at the conclusion to another year, we can learn from his example to hold gently the good that comes from our lives, recognizing that it is by God's love and grace that we have been brought to the place we inhabit.
This final chapter is a helpful reminder that means to do not equal ends, and that it is the end, the goal, the telos of our life that matters. We are formed by our Benedictine practices to find our true self at home with God, and to find God at home in our lives. We are all beginners, and we will always need to begin again.
Let us adopt our Father Benedict's humility, then. Let us seek to learn from other masters of the spiritual life and welcome the company of those on parallel journeys of spiritual formation. We do not own the pathway along which we hasten "to the heavenly homeland." St. Benedict would have us, here at the end, to open ourselves to whatever comes next. We are not to be proud of our identity and closed off to all that is not Benedictine. Built into our Benedictine spirituality is an understanding that it is not the be-all and end-all of human striving toward God. It is but one means to the end, but one for which we can be deeply grateful.