As our ministry of prayer takes root deep in our lives, the outgrowth of that ministry connects us to each other, to the Church, and to the World in bonds of compassion and love. This compassion is practiced through acts of care for the physically sick among us, as we have had the opportunity to experience in the wake the medical events endured by members of our community in the last two years. Our brothers' time of medical care and convalescence has shown us that the lessons of this chapter in the Rule are timeless. When we open our eyes to our Father Benedict's teaching in this chapter, our sick brothers truly are "Christ in person" to us. We were graced with an "abundant reward" from being in their holy presence during their time of need.
As new opportunities continue to manifest among us, let us continue to open ourselves, through our prayers and service on behalf of those who suffer, to be clear channels for the healing love of God. And let us seek to receive the true blessing of the living Christ, who is ever present in the sick and the poor.