The Rule of St. Benedict: Chapter 40
"Above all else I urge that there should be no murmuring in the community." These are our Father Benedict's concluding words to this chapter, and they show what is his highest priority regarding the amounts of food and drink consumed by the community. More than anything else, it is important that those who follow the Benedictine way are content with what is provided for them. This principle of contentedness goes well beyond food and drink to the heart of what we are about: the relinquishing of our prejudgments and desires in favor of the Spirit's guidance in our lives.
St. Hilda's life stands before the Presence as a testament to the beauty that comes from a life lived in such a way. We see it in her gracious acceptance of King Oswiu's decision against her preference to abide by the Roman rather than the Irish tradition at the Synod at Whitby in 664. May we follow in St. Hilda's footsteps on this day, opening ourselves to Spirit's guidance in the circumstances of our lives, whether they seem desirable and undesirable, trusting in an outcome beyond our imagining.