It is comforting to know that one's well-being is important to someone else. For all the aspects of the Rule that might sound harsh to 21st Century ears, the seemingly mundane instructions in Chapter 10 are born of gentleness and kindness. When the nights grow short during the summer, our Father Benedict chooses to shorten the night prayers rather than the community's sleeping time.
It takes wise and mature leadership to know when to hold back on the reigns and when to push forward. We too often witness leaders in our achievement-oriented society driving after an ideal without appropriate concern for the well-being of those they lead. I hear from this little chapter that St. Benedict's leadership can be trusted to have our best interest at heart.