The Rule of St. Benedict: Prologue, part 4
Our Father Benedict continues here to demonstrate from Holy Scripture the conditions in which God is at home, both in the human soul and within a community. But, he instructs, it is vitally important that neither the soul nor the community develop pride as a result of its purity. Yes, we must cast temptations from the sight of our hearts and dash them against Christ before they gain a foothold within us, but it is imperative that we simultaneously cultivate the humility that attributes no glory to ourselves, but to the Name of God alone.
Heartfelt good intentions are not enough, if we hope to dwell within God's tent. Without faith, relational trust in the presence and work of God, our efforts become the tools of our pride. Our "goodness" becomes the property of our self-interest. Truly good works flow from a life surrendered to the order of God's household.
Our Father Benedict seeks to establish such an order in our daily lives. By it, through the grace of God, we are slowly formed into people who dwell in God's tent, who are fully at home where God is at home.