In a sentence, our Father Benedict states the purpose of Benedictine community: to "prepare our hearts and our bodies to serve [God] under the guidance of holy obedience" (translation by Patrick Berry OSB). Therefore, "Conscious in this undertaking of our own weakness let us ask the Lord to give us through his grace the help we need."
Sr. Joan shares a counterintuitive story
"God," the elder said, "is closer to sinners than to saints." "But how can that be?" the eager disciple asked.
And the elder explained: "God in heaven holds each person by a string. When we sin, we cut the string. Then God ties it up again, making a knot--bringing the sinner a little closer. Again and again sin cuts the string--and with each knot God keeps drawing the sinner closer and closer."